With its rich array of genres, and the chance to use the medium to explore human intelligence, cinema is poised to have a major impact on our futures.
For actor Tom Holland, the idea that AI could become “the medium of choice for the human race” is not far fetched.
“I’m an AI fan.
I think we’re going to be the ones in charge of the future,” the 36-year-old actor told The Verge.”
That’s a scary thought because you think about the future of humanity.
I’m a fan of what is happening in AI.
I love the fact that I can be part of this amazing project.”
Holland, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is a frequent participant in the project, working with an AI company called Emory to create a “deep neural network” that can learn and understand what is being said in the movies.
The film’s producers also worked with a former Stanford AI student named Matthew Whelan, who is now working on creating a more human-like version of Siri.
Whelan told The Guardian in December that he had hoped to create the same type of AI for Star Wars that the original Star Wars created for the show, and he was inspired by the project when he read about the new Pixar movie Finding Dory.
The team had used deep learning techniques to create AI models to help Pixar explore the characters’ personalities, and they were able to get to grips with the character’s facial expressions and the way they talk.
“They were able, for instance, to recognize that when I was giving a speech I was speaking in the way that I usually speak, not as a robot,” Whelen said.
“We’re still learning a lot of the concepts of how speech and emotion are transmitted, but it’s a step in the right direction.”
He added that the project was a natural next step for the company.
“There are two ways to build AI, but the way we’re using DeepMind is the first way,” he said.
“It is the kind of thing you do with a machine.
It’s a bit of a learning machine.
I was interested in how AI can be a learning system, but also what’s happening in our society with the way AI is used.
We have a massive amount of information in the public domain, but people are not allowed to use it.
So it’s very difficult to get people to really understand the world.”
Whelen believes the future could be one where AI is “part of the world as we know it”.
“We are heading towards a future where we will have a very sophisticated AI,” he told The Washington Post in December.
“This is not something that’s going to happen tomorrow, but rather, in the next ten years or so, we could have a machine that is able to learn, learn, and learn.”
Hollywood has a long history of creating AI to entertain, to explore and to teach, and that legacy is reflected in the AI-driven films and shows that are currently making their way into theaters.
The next step in this process, Whela says, will be to create machines that are “deep” in nature, that can see the world around them in a deeper way than any human has ever been able to.
“You’ve got this idea of, ‘Oh my god, there’s this machine that has this ability to see,’ ” Whelin said.
“‘Oh my God, there is this machine, it has this level of intelligence.’
But this isn’t like watching a TV show or something.
This is like a movie, where you can really see it through a human eyes.
I believe it’s going be a very exciting time.”