Rik Lander and Phil D. Hall
The goal in Rik Lander's work is always to allow audiences to participate and have genuine agency. There is a balance to be struck between story structure and player freedom. From magic-tree (2001), one of the UK's first web dramas, to The Memory Dealer (2010–13), Lander has been exploring this balance and how to support different levels of participation. AI is a superb tool for this.
Phil D. Hall has been a ChatBot builder since 1982—yep, 36 years—and is collaborating on this creation. He sees I Am Echoborg as a socio-cultural highlight in a career in which he has worked on more than 60 conversational systems across all sectors.