As if the world wasn’t getting dystopian enough.
An enterprising sci-fi film crew has devised an ingenious way to shoot their film while circumventing coronavirus concerns — by casting a real-life A.I. robot named Erica. The move marks the first time a movie will star an artificially intelligent actor, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“She was created from scratch to play the role,” says Sam Khoze, a visual-effects supervisor behind “b,” the $70 million science-fiction film in which Erica will star. The flick, backed by Bondit Capital Media and New York’s Ten Ten Global Media, follows a scientist who finds a glitch in his DNA-replication research and helps the artificial organism he designed (Erica) escape, according to the outlet.
The plot of “b” bears an uncanny resemblance to Erica’s own backstory. The cybernetic thespian was developed as part of a robotics study by Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa, who reportedly taught her to apply method-acting principles to artificial intelligence.