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London Cinema Cancels AI-Written Film Screening Amid Backlash

"The Last Screenwriter" is touted as the first feature film written entirely by AI. Concerns have been expressed regarding using artificial intelligence instead of human writers. Prince Charles Cinema cited a wider industry issue as the cause for cancellation.

Soho's Prince Charles Cinema
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The Prince Charles Cinema in Soho was scheduled to hold the world premiere of "The Last Screenwriter," a breakthrough film developed by ChatGPT.

However, due to public concerns about the employment of AI instead of a human writer, the cinema made the tough decision to cancel the screening. The Last Screenwriter, directed by Peter Luisi, is billed as the "first feature film written entirely by AI." The plot revolves around Jack, a renowned screenwriter whose life is flipped upside down when he comes across an advanced AI scriptwriting system.

Initially sceptical, Jack quickly discovers that the AI matches and even outperforms his grasp of human emotions. The filmmakers wanted to see if artificial intelligence could compose a complete feature film and how it would perform when produced by a professional team.

However, public opposition to the employment of AI in artistic endeavours forced the Prince Charles Cinema to reconsider its decision.

The decision to cancel the screening was motivated by their love of films and a desire to listen to their audience's concerns. The debate about the usage of AI in the entertainment business is not new.

Last year, the US actor's union Sag-Aftra went on strike, citing fears about AI's impact on the business. The problem has also piqued the interest of UK MPs, who are now pressing for steps to ensure that artists are fairly compensated when their work is exploited by AI developers.

  • "The Last Screenwriter" marketed as the first feature film entirely written by AI

  • Concerns raised about the use of AI in place of human writers.

  • Prince Charles Cinema cites wider industry issue as reason for cancellation

Source: BBC

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