Watch this short Sci-Fi movie with a script written by artificial intelligence
You know when you’ve texted a line so much, your mobile phone has it memorized. So now you just keep pressing the predictive text button on your mobile phone to complete your sentence. But have you just kept selecting the next word and the sentence just starts making less and less sense? Well, that type of functionality isn’t just for absurdist poetry, you know; the team behind Sunspring used the same technology — an LSTM Neural network, to be precise — to write a screenplay.
That is pretty funny in and of itself, of course, but then the team at Sunspring had an even better idea… What if they rounded up some actors (including Thomas Middleditch, who plays Pied Piper’s Richard Hendricks in Silicon Valley) and turned it into a real movie?
And so Sunspring did. And it is absolutely, gloriously, intensely, bizarrely, completely fascinating. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it good (or even, in the traditional sense of the word, watchable), but if you’ve spent any time around AIs — or if you’ve let your mobile phone write your text messages for you — you’ll recognize some of the blind alleys the AI scriptwriter works itself into from time to time.
What really makes the film, though, is watching the actors deliver lines that just. make. no. sense. It’s an instant cult classic for all the same reasons you would expect. It almost makes you glad that science hasn’t gotten as far as you might have thought it did. You can watch the short sci-fi movie on the next page!