Watch a Movie Written by an Algorithm

Ars Technica is hosting the online debut of Sunspring, a movie written by an written by a recurrent neural network called long short-term memory (LSTM).

The AI calls itself Benjamin. (Good name BTW)

The movie is bad, but still somewhat coherent and original, which makes it better than most Hollywood fare.

From the article:

Knowing that an AI wrote Sunspring makes the movie more fun to watch, especially once you know how the cast and crew put it together. Director Oscar Sharp made the movie for Sci-Fi London, an annual film festival that includes the 48-Hour Film Challenge, where contestants are given a set of prompts (mostly props and lines) that have to appear in a movie they make over the next two days. Sharp’s longtime collaborator, Ross Goodwin, is an AI researcher at New York University, and he supplied the movie’s AI writer, initially called Jetson. As the cast gathered around a tiny printer, Benjamin spat out the screenplay, complete with almost impossible stage directions like “He is standing in the stars and sitting on the floor.” Then Sharp randomly assigned roles to the actors in the room. “As soon as we had a read-through, everyone around the table was laughing their heads off with delight,”

You have to wonder who owns the copyright to the script. Does the AI own it or does the AI’s creator own it.

Go ahead and watch it to see Benjamin’s handiwork.

Marvel at the future.

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