Filmmakers hope artificial intelligence can help writers

Not long ago I interviewed an expert in artificial intelligence and he said something that stopped me cold: “Many of the newspaper articles you see today are written by machines.” My response: Excuse me while I go huddle in a corner and cry for my profession. The future probably isn’t so dire. At least in terms of how AI might be used to generate the written word. Filmmaker Oscar Sharp and technologist Ross Goodwin have been collaborating for a couple of years now, exploring the boundaries of computer-generated creativity. Their most recent effort is the short sci-fi film “Sunspring” starring longtime Chicago improviser Thomas Middleditch and made from a screenplay written entirely by a computer they dubbed Jetson. (That name has since changed.) RELATED: MOST READ ENTERTAINMENT NEWS THIS HOUR…


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