This is What Happens When You Get an Artificial Intelligence to Write a Sci-Fi Movie

Friday, 10 June 2016 - 10:29AM
Artificial Intelligence
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Friday, 10 June 2016 - 10:29AM
This is What Happens When You Get an Artificial Intelligence to Write a Sci-Fi Movie
Artificial Intelligence is getting very good at a number of things, playing Settlers of Catan, humans at Go, and judging beauty contests to name but a few. Such is the scope of A.I's abilities, many fear that their jobs will be at risk from automation. However, if you're a budding filmmaker and you're concerned about the computers coming for your job, it looks like you've got nothing to worry about, because an innovative new project just proved that A.I is absolutely useless at writing screenplays.

Oscar Sharp, a director and writer of a number of short films, decided to see what would happen if they fed an LSTM Recurrent Neural Network called Jetson a list of screenplays from movies that included Silver Linings Playbook, Alien, The Avengers, and Ghostbusters. The computer processed all of that Hollywood gold and took a shot at writing its own screenplay. Sharp then assembled a group of actors to play it all out, and now we can see how it holds up. The answer? Not good.....Not good at all.



Though Sharp and his team, which included Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch, only gave themselves 48 hours to act out and edit whatever it was that Jetson produced, you get the feeling that all the time in the world couldn't have polished this one. While it might not make any sense, props have to go to the cast who do a great job with lines like "It's a damned thing scared to say," and "You didn't even watch the movie with the rest of the base," to make this a surprisingly enjoyable 9 minutes or so. 

Don't worry David S. Goyer, it looks like your job is safe...for now.
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