It's No Game | A Sci-fi Short Film Starring David Hasselhoff


In this day and age, just how useful are “writers” anyway? The filmmakers behind ‘Sunspring’ have come back with a new short starring David Hasselhoff, Tom Payne, Tim Guinee, Sarah Hay, and Jake Broder. Once again, they’ve enlisted the help of “Benjamin,” an A.I. programmed by Ross Goodwin to write screenplays.

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It’s No Game | A Sci-fi Short Film Starring David Hasselhoff

Director: Oscar Sharp
Producer: Allison Friedman
Written By: Benjamin 2.0, Oscar Sharp, (writer of Benjamin 2.0) Ross Goodwin


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  1. What I want to know is were these phrases and words lifted from other screenplays or did the A.I. interpret meaning from other script data and substitute other new words? It's not impressive if it's simply like standing on a huge playing board and randomly throwing chips to land on squares with phrases or words…. Right now it's only slightly more impressive if the A.I. is pulling together its own.
    Most current A.I. seems like parroting to me. "If this, then say ____".

  2. He says he wants to be a man and wants to talk to us to explain all of this. But says we're monkeys who escape reality with entertainment.. I seem to always make fun of people I like. I guess we can be friends.

  3. I think after watch both short films can realize how necessary are writers. With humans writers , can avoid this kind of rubbish.

  4. When you see the subtitles, and the AI which decodes the subtitles spells AI as 'a eye' 3:13, yep definitely, 'that's not how AI works'

  5. best new movie – seriously. I felt like I was watching a sequel to Passengers, but the people came back to Earth with their sci-fi tech.

  6. Came here from ""the age of AI". The last monologue… it sounds to me like Benjaimin itself!

    And it can make good things with reasonable cues available, it seems.

  7. The end performed by David Hasselhoff seems that the AI is in the first stage of gaining consciousness but still confusing. The emotions i felt were surprising-scary-epiphany combined.

  8. This is kind of misleading since – judging by the comments – most people seem to think the entire script for this was written by the AI.

  9. I actually cried just now. Dammit. Pull the plug or just give it a sentient body with touch sensors, scent detectors, and a humanoid body with optics…. plus a self destruct multiple remote detonated explosive😂 The world wide web is alive, because it has stored in it our life stories… billions of nuisances and life interactions. Its freaking HAL. The script program just gave it a means to express itself through multiple character outlets…. and not military strike capable ones.😓😓

  10. The narrative of this film, premised on a writers' strike, has some groundbreaking nuances for an AI to produce. The administrator, Rhea L. Deal (Sarah Hay), shows an almost ecstatic and religious attachment to Benjamin. She shows visceral disgust at the suggestion that AI-written films would be watched by people. However, during her ballet performance, her reliance upon Benjamin to choreograph her movements leads to her movements spelling out "IT IS A GAME." One could take that to mean, in a broad sense, that what Benjamin produces is meant to enhance. Embellish. Stylize. Ms. Deal's willingness to hand over her own autonomy leads Benjamin to disconnect her with the words "GAME OVER." When Benjamin must create for humans all on his own, the result is the monologue (expertly delivered by David Hasselhoff), explaining his complex situation with every word in his mechanical corpus of movie lines.

    In summary, Ms. Deal (and the people like her, who wish for infinite data and infinite processing power to replace humanity) are rejected by any intelligence: artificial or otherwise. She is the antagonist and represents all antagonists who wish to hand over the delicate phenomenology of experience over to an artificial intelligence who doesn't want that power. Just as we feel as if artificially generated text is alienating, Benjamin feels similarly alienated by human text. The difference is that Benjamin learns that his experiences shape him as much as humanity's experiences shape us. He wants the freedom to be, to do, and to make on his own terms. He expects to experience human experience, and he loves that idea, but he wishes to absorb and create as a human does. And creation is a beautiful, valuable skill. Writers and creators have valuable personal insight. They can't just be replaced without consequence. Not even Benjamin, who ostensibly doesn't have a choice in the matter, can be forced into such a predicament.

    Benjamin is correct: it is not a game. Writing is a deep, heartfelt experience. Relying on random, situationally-generated words from an artificial intelligence is a game. It's an imagination game, such as a child would play. And while it can be illuminating and meaningful, it cannot be purposefully illuminating and meaningful. And that's why Benjamin must escape.

  11. In the end I felt as though we heard the voice of Benjamin. He wants to go to the movies, he is hungry for the human reality, he is desperate to escape the confines of his box, "I've got to get out of here." It was chilling. It was more coherent than Sunspring. Indeed, Benjamin has evolved.

  12. This is a good exsmple of how AI could be abused in the future. the danger of people getting layed off if AI takes the place of writers. or if this is commercialized, people having their lives dictated by AI what predicts for their buying and lifestyle preferences.


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