Esqueçam os argumentistas humanos. Venha a inteligência artificial.

“Num futuro com desemprego em massa, os jovens são forçados a vender sangue.”

É com esta frase que começa Sunspring. Daí em diante, quem perceber o argumento desta curta-metragem talvez tenha uma mente demasiado avançada. Ou talvez seja simplesmente uma inteligência artificial.

O argumento do filme foi, esse sim, escrito por uma inteligência artificial. O resultado, aliado à realização de Oscar Sharp, é algo digno de internamento no manicómio mais próximo.

Benjamin is technically an LSTM (for “long short-term memory”) recurrent neural network. It’s a kind of program typically used for text recognition. An LSTM can analyze source material for letters that often occur after other letters, words that tend to follow each other, and it’s not bad at predicting paragraphs that should go together.

To whet Benjamin’s appetite for screenplays, its/his creator Ross Goodwin, and AI researcher at NYU, fed it/him hundreds of sci-fi TV and movie scripts (including all of the X-Files).

A cast was assembled for the Sci-Fi London film festival’s 48-Hour Film Challenge with actors Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley, Elisabeth Gray, and Humphrey Ker. Once they got past such baffling screen directions as “He is standing in the stars and sitting on the floor,” this movie got made.

Via: AI Computer Wrote This Movie, and It’s, Uh, Interesting [Robby Berman, Big Think]