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Watch ‘Sunspring,’ a Short Sci-Fi Film Written by An Artificial-Intelligence Algorithm

"I have to go to the skull."


Science fiction suggests that man’s attempts to create artificial intelligence will probably end badly. Real life proves that we don’t really care. A short film written by an A.I. algorithm seems a happy medium between technophobia and Skynet, and “Sunspring” is the enjoyably strange result. Ars has premiered the nine-minute film, which finds Thomas Middleditch, Elisabeth Gray and Humphrey Ker braving their way through robotic dialogue.

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Their lines are all grammatically correct but occasionally nonsensical, with Ker saying he has to “go to the skull” and Middleditch proclaiming that he’s “not a bright light.” The script was created by uploading hundreds of sci-fi screenplays into an LSTM recurrent neural network, as you do, and seeing what it returned — including the surprisingly emotional monologue from Gray that ends the short.
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A wealth of information on “Sunspring” in general and “Benjamin” (as the A.I. itself is named) in particular is available on Ars. Oscar Sharp directed the film for the Sci-Fi London film festival and does an admirable job of making stage directions like “He is standing in the stars and sitting on the floor” seem reasonable in the final product.

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