What Happens When AI Writes a Play About AI

What Happens When AI Writes a Play About AI (msn.com)



from the star-of-the-show dept.

“GPT-3, generate a list of ideas for a play”.

TechRadar describes what resulted — an experimental production called AI performed last week the Young Vic theatre in London last week.

TechRadar Pro attended on the second evening, during which director Jennifer Tang sifted through the rubble of the first performance to identify material worth carrying forward. She also enlisted her writers and performers to flesh out the world; by steering AI this way and that, they expanded upon the foundations inherited from the previous night…. [T]he question AI sought to answer was not necessarily “can AI write a play?”, Tang explained, but rather “how can writers work alongside it?”

When asked to produce ideas for a script, GPT-3 returned a varied selection of answers, but two in particular caught the attention of the team. The first was a repentance narrative about “a reversal of our current course towards chaos”, the second an exploration of “the creation of human personality and memories” and how these concepts might manifest themselves in machines. Asked by the performers to devise scenes on these topics, GPT-3 created a cataclysmic event called The Great Collision, after which food became scarce and “beast men and women” roamed the land.

One of the main protagonists in this dystopia was an AI that aspired to “break free of its programming and conditioning” and eliminate human beings, who it considered the source of all suffering. Heavy stuff. One of the most striking things about AI was that it exposed the capacity for artificial intelligence models to reflect human preoccupations and neuroses… From its training data, GPT-3 has clearly absorbed an understanding of the murderous AI trope too, demonstrating that our fears about AI could quite easily bleed into AI itself.

The reflection of ourselves is imperfect, though, because the tone of GPT-3 scenes switches awkwardly from line to line and the dialogue can feel stunted and repetitious. The sensation is more like peering into a circus mirror.

In the end the 30-minute play turned out to be “loosely-connected vignettes created by GPT-3, which constructed new scenes without a memory of its previous inventions.

“Although individual scenes were full of color, when strung together they became an incoherent collage that highlighted the limitations of the AI models we have today.”

If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are real
good, you will get out of it.


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