Over on Ars Technica there’s an article by Annalee Newitz (the name is familiar but I can’t quite place it) telling the story behind the short science fiction movie Sunspring that was written by a LSTM recurrent neural network.

The LSTM, which named itself Benjamin, was fed prompts and cranked out a screenplay that three actors and a crew turned into the actual film. Sunsping was entered into the Sci-Fi London short film contest where it scored in the top ten.

The movie is odd to say the least. Add a French-speaking character chain smoking Gauloises and you’ve got an arthouse movie. While it is arguably at least as good as some of the short movies featured on io9 and Gizmodo, I think screenwriters don’t need to be in fear for their jobs just yet.


You can read Annalee’s post here.