About 6 years ago the late amazing Richard Gregory said to me, with a twinkle in his eye, “when your robots start telling each other stories, then you’ll really be onto something”. It was a remark with much deeper significance than I realised at the time.
Richard planted a seed that’s been growing since. What I didn’t fully appreciate then, but do now, is the profound importance of narrative. More than we perhaps imagine. Narrative is, I suspect, a fundamental property of both human societies and individual human beings. It may even be a universal property of all advanced societies of sentient social beings.