Great Job, Internet!: Thomas Middleditch stars in a short film written entirely by AI

We don’t need to worry too much about sentient computers taking over the world, at least according to this new short sci-fi film written completely by AI. The script is virtual jibberish, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Oscar Sharp and actors like Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch from turning it into a weighty, if nonsensical, nine-minute short called Sunspring.

Inspired by Google’s AI beating humans in the game of Go, Sharp and his technologist collaborator Ross Goodwin decided to build an LSTM RNN artificial intelligence that could write screenplays. Nicknamed Jetson and later renamed Benjamin, they “taught” the machine by feeding it dozens of sci-fi screenplays, including everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Cowboys & Aliens to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Sharp and Goodwin then entered specific prompts from a sci-fi writing contest as a framework, which included a title, a line of dialogue …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *