Sunspring—a sci-fi film script written by AI

What if you were to feed a long short-term memory (LSTM) recurrent neural network (essentially, a deep-learning artificial intelligence engine) a bunch of science fiction screenplays and set it to work writing an original screenplay.

Then what if you gathered a cast and crew for one day and attempted to film the result.

The result is Sunspring (2016). It is a thing of beauty. You can read the script at docdroid. And watch it on YouTube.

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Let’s talk about mental health

The Firth of Forth, looking towards the Isle of May

One year ago today, I walked into work and burst into tears. I didn’t even make it to my desk. I felt the anxiety rising as I approached my office building. By the time I reached the top of the stairs I was shaking and hyper-ventilating. I walked past my office, sat in my boss’s office and wept.

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Learning Russian

Русские книги (Russian books… in Russian)

In spring 1988 I travelled to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) for a week with my school. We flew from London to Moscow, stayed in the capital for a few days then took an overnight train to Leningrad (now St Petersburg), not far from the Finnish and Estonian borders.

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