Dr James Carney said: ‘Working with Hannah and Nicolas on An Artificially Intelligent Guide to Love was like being given a glimpse into the future of creativity. I’m used to working with algorithms and code in my research, but being a part of a team of three humans working with a non-human agent to create a drama had a very different character. More than anything, it showed me that the difference between the algorithmic and the human is not nearly so clear as we imagine it to be, and one challenge of the future will come with recognising this.’
The experimental drama stars Fiona Shaw as the algorithm and Yusra Warsama as the writer, alongside Jane Slavin and Neil Bell as ‘Woman’ and ‘Man’.
And despite the unexpected – and sometimes ridiculous – responses sometimes given by the algorithm, Nicolas feels that the software really did help to add a new perspective to the script.
Nicolas said: ‘There’s a temptation with AI text creation to hold up the sometimes absurdist or poetic results as an end in themselves. But we wanted the algorithm to help us write a script and tell a story, not just produce interesting lines. And we wanted it to teach us something about love, you might say from the machine’s perspective or experience, even though it has none.’
This is the second drama developed through OKRE Experimental Stories to be broadcast, following Tanika Gupta’s thrilling science-fiction work, The Goldilocks Zone.
You can listen to An Artificially Intelligent Guide to Love on BBC Radio 4 at 15.00 GMT, Saturday February 12th or stream it via BBC Sounds.