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An AI Wrote This Short Film—and It’s Surprisingly Entertaining

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In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood.

This is the opening line of a short film entered in this year's Sci-Fi London Film Challenge.

In this vein, Goodwin wants to take computational creative writing to the next level.

Using NYU's high performance computing lab, he's trained software on poetry, prose, the dictionary, science fiction novels—the complete works of Noam Chomsky.

The director, Oscar Sharp, and cast, which included Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch, cut the script down and began to interpret the uninterpretable.

Its lyrics were written by a neural net Goodwin trained on 25,000 folk songs.

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