Hayao Miyazaki vs. the Horrific AI

Miyazaki’s comments in context.

Basically, some guys thought they could program an Artificial Intelligence to learn how to do human movements, and then teach it to draw pictures like a human being. Act like a human, think like a human, create human art. Admittedly an intriguing concept.

Instead, their AI “learned” how to create horrific behaviors that were an absolute mockery of human movement. “It’s walking on its face! Lol!!”

Instead of realizing that their AI was not very bright and had no concept of humanity whatsoever, the geeks instead chose to market this as a ‘success’ that still held great promise as a substitute for actual human art. They got schooled by Miyazaki, who said their AI was an offense to life itself. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Fountain

In case anyone ever heard about this movie but was afraid to watch it because it didn’t make any sense…consider this a spoiler-free guide.

The Fountain‘ is one of those weird, profound movies that people tend not to like because they don’t understand what the heck is going on. Nevertheless, the film also happens to be an impressive work of art. It’s not only inspiring, but also makes sense if you know what to look for.

First of all, the general description of this film (as seen on Wikipedia, Amazon, etc.) is wrong. They say the movie is about three men who live in the year 1500, 2000, and 2500 AD. It’s not.

‘The Fountain’ is about one man. Continue reading