After making our devices awfully smart and self-operational and in wake of helping our advertisers with nerve-rattling marketing content, AI has come to the rescue of dramatists in broadening the horizons before their creative sight.
This past week, London based Young Vic theatre put up a fabulous experiment (just like other amazing performances by them) where AI (Artificial Intelligence) framework was utilized to write a play following the latter consumed a huge amount of text from web.
In the effort, assistance was sought from breathing (i.e. human) writers Chinonyerem Odimba, Nina Segal, 3 sublime actors and their director Jennifer Tang.
She was seen ardently explaining to her team and the audience about the precise way in which GPT-3 accomplished the task set by them. For instance, “complete a Shakespeare sonnet in the style of a reality TV star”.
Once this was through, they set out to construct scenes that AI drafted the day before and which centred around characters Beastman and Beastwoman who were perceived to be of post-apocalyptic world.
One of the scenes built by GPT-3 is:
Actor 1: We’ve been here for years, survived like bats in caves, caves we dug into the earth ourselves, we filled them with all sorts of hunk to give the illusion of survival. The reality is much different.
Actor 2: The world changed dramatically. When the great collision hits us. The sky went dark, the land cracked, and our species was almost wiped out.
Enriching Tech Tent, Jennifer terms the framework as the symbiosis of man and machine, stating, ”It’s sometimes loses it way. But that is, I guess, the creative challenge of how we meet the AI and its content, and nudge it back on course”.
She hails the insights got through AI akin to prolific human writers, “It is surprisingly good at commenting on our humanity and our characters that we recognize….and through dramatic conventions that feel very alive on the stage”.
But, a good deal of dialogues churned by AI are found to be monotonous in nature while they worked on it in their creative spirits.
She claims, ”That is reassuring, I’m really glad I might have a job still.
I am wondering now whether the place that AI has in human creativity is a way to spark ideas within us”.
However, Prof Michael Wooldridge, who is a prominent expert on AI at Oxford University comforts us saying the GPT-3 type of system shouldn’t be scared of and artists and creative nerves are not going to be frozen by it.
He believes, “A good human playwright has some insights into the human condition and human emotions and human relationships, and can express those through the medium of the play. And GPT-3 does not have any of those things and any insights that come out of it are really the insights on our part that we are attributing to it”.
Nevertheless, writing or compiling a masterpiece is still beyond the approach of AI technology or getting into the very depth of characters and script, but still, a range of mundane tasks seem to be apt for putting AI into service.
They regard the development (tech evolution) as the paradigm shift making it imperative that we should carefully mind the way ahead.
Now, if biases are fed into the system through fodder, i.e. data, it would simply strand us in the sea of negativity.
Prof Wooldridge maintains absolute milestone in the evolution of AI during past decade, such as quick translation into our language to recognizing images while robot butlers are still waited to serve us. But then, we remain concerned for certain risks that await us as tech will render us useless and eventually jobless.
Clearly, the AI systems should be kept free of prejudices as it would simply promote injustice and exploitation that would result in hostility and brutality.
In simpler words, this is human’s approach that we should be concerned for and not the (man-made) machines.
Finally, dear readers, nature can never ever be so cruel to us by ceasing to rustle out incandescently creative writers and playwrights. To name a few, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austin, Jonathan Swift, Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, Leo Tolstoy, Nissim Ezekiel, Mulk Raj Anand, Harivansh Rai Bachchan (Indian poet), Ruskin Bond, Javed Akhtar (mainstream cinema -India), Kadir Khan (mainstream cinema- India) and so many others, in different places and at different times….I also strive to be the one :).