Sci-Fi short film scripted by machine learning algorithm

Jun 23, 2016

Filmmaker Oscar Sharp and technologist Ross Goodwin fed a machine learning algorithm with a bunch of Sci-Fi movie scripts to see what new script it would spit out. A script for Sunspring is the result, and this is the film, starring Thomas Middleditch. Riveting.

The thought of a machine tapping into emotion and creativity likely brings some sneers, but Goodwin argues that it’s about assistance and augmentation rather than a replacement for the humans.

The machine dictated that Middleditch’s character should pull the camera. However, the reveal that he’s holding nothing was a brilliant human interpretation, informed by the production team’s many years of combined experience and education in the art of filmmaking. That cycle of generation and interpretation is a fascinating dialogue that informs my current understanding of this machine’s capacity to augment our creativity.

Yes.

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