Plans to launch ‘b’, a sci-fi feature film starring an AI robot, are in the works to release in 2021. The main character’s name is Erica and she has been designed with the intention of applying method acting to robotics. Could this revolutionize the way we interact with artificial intelligence and continue to create projects moving forward? Perhaps this might provide new insights as to how humans understand one another. Whether you’re a fan of artificial intelligence or not, it is here and Erica has a lot to teach us.
This isn’t the first time we have seen AI-inspired acting in film. Movies like Ex-Machina and iRobot have captured inventions gone wrong from a wide scope lens. However, the film ‘b’ is the first of its kind to have an AI actor take the lead role.
According to IndieWire, “b follows a scientist who must help the A.I. robot he created reach freedom after a program he designed to perfect human DNA has dangerous consequences.”
As society imagines a world post-COVID-19, the entertainment industry is currently battling film delays as methods to keep physical distance remain in place. Could the release of this film influence other production companies and creatives to replace human actors with robots? As of now, a human costar has not been cast as of yet.
Most actors bring characters to life by pulling from emotions and experiences. In this case, an AI actor pulls from coding and training to portray their role. Co-creator of the film, Khoze shares, “We had to simulate her motions and emotions through one-on-one sessions, such as controlling the speed of her movements, talking through her feelings and coaching character development and body language.”
The film is $70 million and is financially backed by Bondit Capital Media and Ten Ten Global Media.
AI is here and lives through our devices, streaming platforms, and electronic devices. While Erica is the first artificially intelligent actor to be cast as the lead for a feature film, we have seen examples of AI gaining citizenship in Saudi Arabia to CGI influencers.
The opportunities for growth and development provide a new perspective on how we might approach creation moving forward.
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