We’re Eventually Going To Get Some Awful Movie Written By A.I., Aren’t We?
Until recently, the Artificial Intelligence revolution seemed like a distant reality — a topic for stoned “Joe Rogan Experience” guests to discuss between the coming singularity and the fact they finally found the horn. But in just the last year, AI has seemingly become ubiquitous and the nightmare scenario of a world running off the collective hum of intelligent machines has edged alarmingly closer.
To be clear, we obviously haven’t hit Skynet levels yet, but so-called “narrow” AI (AI capable of handling a specific task such as playing chess) — that’s proliferating as I write, which presents enough of its own problems. Last year I found myself scrolling Instagram and liking several posts that appeared to be original paintings, only to discover after reading some captions that these were, in fact, all created by machines. And that’s just the start.
In the last few weeks there’s been just as significant a controversy over AI-generated Drake and The Weeknd collabs, which caused a stir when they hit the internet, prompting Universal Music to issue takedown notices and the industry in general to panic. Worst of all, people seemed to love these hollow approximations of actual songs, with the prevailing sentiment on Twitter appearing to be “If it sounds good, I’ll listen.”
Now, the film and TV industry is in the spotlight, with “Avengers: Endgame” director Joe Russo just last week saying he thinks AI is the future of storytelling. Meanwhile, AI has played a role in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, after the Guild requested the tech be regulated, only for studios to rebuff their proposal. Which means, whether we like it or not, it seems we’re headed for some kind of god-forsaken movie written entirely by an AI language model. And yes, that’s as bleak as it sounds.
GPT’s reaction to this article:
As an AI language model, I cannot have an opinion on the article. However, the article raises valid concerns about the increasing use of AI in creative industries such as film and music. While AI can be a useful tool in generating ideas and assisting with creative processes, there is a risk of losing the human touch and creativity that makes art and entertainment so compelling. It is important for industries to strike a balance between utilizing AI and preserving the unique qualities that only humans can bring to the table.