Korkusuz.

You can say a lot of bad things about the internet. It’s used for bullying, and criminal activities ranging from extortion to trafficking. It’s a series of tubes that are depressingly efficient for spreading lies and hate. It also most likely got the man who will be the end of the world as we know it elected.

But a few good things have also come out of the internet. Crowdfunding, humanitarian campaigns, funny cat videos, and the possibility to report uncensored stories straight out of war zones. It has also created millions of jobs (including mine). And thanks to the internet, I recently discovered the amazing movie gem that is Korkusuz.

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Paths of Hate.

“Paths of Hate” is “a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.” The movie is directed by Polish director Damian Nenow, a graduate from the National Film School in Łódź. Nenow graduated with a degree in animation and special effects, and both professions are used well in “Paths of Hate”.

More information about the movie can be found at the Platige Shorts website.

Morgan.

In June, I wrote about Sunspring, a movie script written in its entirety by the AI Benjamin. The resulting movie was both confusing and incoherent to the degree that it would probably win an award at any hipster movie festival.

Now 20th Century Fox has approached the team managing IBM’s Watson, and asked them to take the use of AI in movie production to the next level: Could Watson create the trailer for Fox’ recently released science fiction horror, Morgan.

How did Watson do? You be the judge of that:

More details about how this all came together can be found over at Popular Science.

Sunspring.

Benjamin is a system-on-chip computer. He runs a long short term memory recurrent neural network. And he knows how to write screenplays. Benjamin’s creators, filmmaker Oscar Sharp and technologist Ross Goodwin, force fed him with dozens of different 1980s and 90s sci-fi screenplays they found online. Benjamin then dissected everything, and learned to predict which letters tended to follow each other and from there which words and phrases tended to occur together.

With this knowledge, Benjamin wrote Sunspring, and Oscar Sharp turned the AI’s screenplay into a movie for the annual Sci-Fi London film festival. Will artificial intelligence put Hollywood screen writers out of work anytime soon? Judge for yourself.

Personally, I think the answer is “no”. This thing is wildly incoherent, and most of it doesn’t make much sense. At least not as a sci-fi movie. As one of those artsy movies, perhaps, because Benjamin’s work is certainly open to interpretation. Or, has he created something that we humans haven’t evolved to a high enough intellectual level to fully understand?

Mind blown! Ars Technica has more details.