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The next movie you go to see on the big screen may have a computer in the credits as a writer, thanks to Waterloo’s Jack Zhang.  The University of Waterloo graduate and computer programmer has created the first ever feature-length film that has been co-written with a computer.

Source: CBC News

Date: September 27th, 2016

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/jack-zhang-impossible-things-computer-writes-film-script-1.3768965

Discussion

1) Should a filmmaker have to disclose that a computer wrote the plot, or does it not matter?

2) “Before a single word was written, we used a computer program to analyze a massive amount of data to see what kind of plot elements in the film were driving audiences”.  Isn’t this exactly what Netflix did with House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and other shows it developed?  They were incredibly successful.  Why is this technique not used for books and music?

 

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