The following series of posts (entitled “Becoming Artificially Human”) were written for a digital writing course at Old Dominion University. They are thus unedited from the original submission and potentially error-prone.
“Intelligent” algorithms have already had a hand in movie making via the YouTube video, “Sunspring”, although archaic in nature, it does show some slight resemblance of a plot. As technology, algorithms, computational power, and masses of data evolve it is only a matter of time before a more sophisticated and intelligible plot is generated. “Sunspring” was produced by an AI named “Jetson” who was fed hundreds of science fiction movie and TV scripts. It is understandable what likely happened as Jetson had knowledge of story structure or character arch development which is partly what makes a story a story. Not only this, but hundreds of scripts is hardly enough data to learn much from.
- Personalized Stories
Personalized stories (reminiscent of the 80s and early 90s “Choose Your Own Adventure” books) would be essentially a choose your own adventure crossed with product recommendations with the AI predicting which path the story should take. Want to watch a mobster flick reminiscent of The Godfather? The AI could generate one suitable to your tastes. A movie or TV series that utilizes similar story elements from the godfather, but remixes just enough so that the story feels fresh and not a “total ripoff” of The Godfather. Such a prediction algorithm isn’t too far-fetched when one considers that most subscription streaming services like Netflix already have a form of a recommendation system implemented.
- Alternate Reality Game Incorporation
Imagine the ability to talk and interact with your favorite characters or actors/actresses. This level of interaction brings about a whole new level of relationship we have with our entertainment (for better or worse in terms of whether having a closer relationship with media is healthy or not). Companies and universities such as Persona Technologies and University of Leeds are already looking into to the development of such robots (or chatbots). University of Leeds has created a chatbot based off the fictional character Joey Tribbiani from the popular 90s TV Show Friends; while Persona Technologies has made the more risqué choice of creating a chatbot based off the character Christian Grey from the book (and movie) Fifty Shades of Grey. Both organizations are said to use natural language models to stylize responses in a way that makes the responses sound like something character might say based on previous dialogue expressed by the character.
- Lowering Cost of Hollywood Productions
According to Investopedia, in 2007, the average cost to produce a major studio movie was around $65 million. With Artificial Intelligence being embedded in every component of the production process, it is only natural that the cost of production be reduced. Just as the quality of special effects increased at a rapid pace in the early 2000s and the cost of those special effects were reduced as technological power increased, it is likely we will see the same happen with artificial intelligence now entering in the mix. And as costs decrease and quality of CGI (or computer generated images) increases, it is likely we will see more use of CGI as it is easier than scheduling actors and actresses or having to deal with the aging process in certain cases (such as what is happening to the TV series Stranger Things). In Stranger Things, the kids are rapidly getting older while the series must rush out scripts and production in order to keep up. A lot of elements of CGI (such as 3D architectural models) can be re-used as well which could further reduce movie production time and cost.
- Artificial Intelligence Affects Every Medium
Lastly, another way Artificial Intelligence may affect the entertainment world is by infecting every medium. In this blog post movies and TV shows were the main focus, but there is no doubt that if AI affects movies and TV shows it can also affect other mediums as well. Books, Video Games, TV, Radio (or Podcasts), Music, and Movies are all vulnerable if AI were to breach one of the other mediums. There are many crossover elements that may make the transition easy for AI. 3D models from a CGI movie may be adapted to a video game, while a story from a novel may be transitioned into a movie.