A.I. Thought Experiment: Hollywood Shock

July 20, 2023

The following is a news story from the future.

I wrote it as part of an ongoing thought experiment – what would be one of the most jaw-dropping real-world applications of Artificial Intelligence?

Here’s the first idea:

Hollywood in shock as billion-dollar blockbuster revealed to be teen’s AI project

Los Angeles, 2029
 - In a revelation that has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, previously unknown Scale Studios has confirmed that their billion-dollar blockbuster "Galt's Gamble" was generated entirely using generative Artificial Intelligence.

Despite the ensuing backlash from establishment Hollywood, 19-year-old Ava Ivey, co-founder and tech prodigy behind Scale Studios, has vowed to continue pushing the boundaries of AI in filmmaking.

Scale Studios’ unique approach involves using AI to analyze voice recordings, movements, and images to generate scripts, create characters, and even compose scores.

The extent of AI's involvement in "Galt's Gamble", however, has taken the industry by surprise.

The actors, writers, and composers, previously unknown to the public, have now been revealed to be purely AI creations.

The revelation has left Hollywood in awe and sparked a heated debate. "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a film could be entirely created by AI," said renowned director Martin Santori.

However, not all reactions have been positive. The Hollywood establishment, which previously sought to ban the use of AI in film and music making, has been left reeling by the revelation.

Despite the backlash, Ivey remains undeterred. "I understand why they’re nervous. A tiny little company with six employees just made Galt’s Gamble in under one month. We are at the forefront of a new era in filmmaking," she said. "AI has the potential to revolutionize the industry, and we won't back down due to fear of the unknown."

The movie, which premiered a year ago, was a resounding success, with audiences praising the loveable characters, engaging dialogues, and captivating score.

The revelation that these elements were all AI-generated has added a new dimension to the film's success.

"The performances were so real, so nuanced," said industry insider Rebecca Furgeson. "To think that they were all created by AI is mind-boggling."

As the debate rages on, one thing is clear: Scale Studios has not only revolutionized the film industry but also inspired a new generation of filmmakers to explore the potential of AI in cinema.

Despite the challenges, Ava Ivey and her team stand firm, proving that innovation cannot be stifled and that the future of cinema is here, and it's more exciting than ever.

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