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Sci-fi short film written by an AI

Good news for us writers: AI’s still at least a little ways off from poaching our jobs. Witness Sunspring, 9 minute sci-fi short film that’s written by a neural network and is…well…totally incomprehensible. 1

AI researcher Ross Goodwin and director Oscar Sharp teamed up to make this film for a 48-Hour Film Challenge. They essentially fed in a whole bunch of screenplays to the AI, and had it spit out a new one based on a prompt provided by the contest. Despite its incomprehensibility, the result is fascinating, and I guarantee that if you start, you will end up watching the whole thing.

Silicon Valley fans will recognize Thomas Middleditch as the main character “H” (all three characters have one-letter names, apparently because the AI had trouble with proper names). Also, keep your ears open for the pop song interlude, whose lyrics were also written by the AI.


  1. Part of me wonders how it would have been received if they hadn’t told anybody that’s how it was made. Might some have called it avant-garde? ↩