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Edmonton Startup Week - Amii Presents: Improbotics

Oct. 23, 2020 - Oct. 23, 2020
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Meet A.L.Ex (the Artificial Language Experiment)

Join us and celebrate the final night of this year's Edmonton Startup Week!

Co-created by robotics researchers Piotr Mirowski (UK/France/Poland) and Kory Mathewson (Canada), as well as drama director Jenny Elfving (Sweden) and science communicator Ben Verhoeven (Belgium), Improbotics combines AI and comedy in a unique way.

The show features A.L.Ex. (the Artificial Language Experiment), the first artificial improvisor which uses advanced natural language processing and machine learning. A.L.Ex. “performs” in the show, becoming one of the troupe as it sends its lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. The performer then attempts to physically and emotionally justify AI-generated lines that hopefully make sense. Each performance draws suggestions from the audience, making every show one of a kind.

Improbotics has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, RTÉ One, Global News Canada and Bloomberg.


  • Kory Matthewson (Ph.D. in Computing Science at Amii/University of Alberta)
  • Piotr Mirowski (Ph.D. in Computing Science at New York University)
  • Rapid Fire Theatre’s top improvisers – Matt Schuurman, Sydney Campbell, Marguerite Lawler, and Julian Faid

Improbotics is produced by: Rapid Fire Theatre

About Edmonton Startup Week

From October 19 - 23, 2020, celebrate Edmonton Startup Week virtually. Join the local tech community for five days of workshops, socials, and events celebrating the diversity of our startup community, building connections and discovering new opportunities to be part of the culture of innovation in Edmonton. For more information, visit

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