A robot made of Lego bricks and a Samsung Galaxy smartphone can solve a Rubik’s cube in a little over three seconds.
But it can’t do what OtherSpace players can.
Although it might be able to rapidly calculate probable patterns and accurately shift the individual colored blocks of a cube into their uniform state, the machine can’t create a character, develop a back story and a narrative voice, or produce responsive dialogue based on input from other characters involved in the scene.
It can’t do much at all without a pre-programmed script.
Granted, our storytellers need more than three seconds – sometimes more than three minutes – to craft their poses and counter-poses.
But the dynamic evolution of a scene as it progresses is often worth the wait.