Netflix Series “Black Mirror” Creator Used ChatGPT to Write an Episode
Charlie Brooker, the creator of Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” experimented with using ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot, to write an episode of the series. However, the output was deemed to be of poor quality, lacking originality and consisting mashed-up synopses from previous episodes.
Brooker discovered clichés present in his own previous work through this experiment, helping him identify areas for improvement.
Black Mirror, the acclaimed anthology series on Netflix, has gained widespread recognition for its exploration of digital dystopia, consistently highlighting the unintended and negative consequences of cutting-edge technology in modern society. Given the recent concerns surrounding the development of artificial intelligence and its potential repercussions, it’s natural to wonder about the perspective of Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker on AI-powered tool like ChatGPT.
Brooker decided to challenge ChatGPT to write an episode of Black Mirror. In an interview with Empire magazine, he revealed that the resulting output was “shit.” Instead of a thought-provoking and dystopian narrative, the AI-generated content amounted to a mishmash of previous Black Mirror synopses.
“I’ve toyed around with ChatGPT a bit. The first thing I did was type ‘generate Black Mirror episode’ and it comes up with something that, at first glance, reads plausibly, but on second glance, is shit. Because all it’s done is look up all the synopses of Black Mirror episodes, and sort of mush them together. Then if you dig a bit more deeply you go, ‘Oh, there’s not actually any real original thought here.’ It’s [1970s impressionist] Mike Yarwood — there’s a topical reference,”Brooker told Empire.
Nonetheless, the experiment served a purpose as it helped Brooker identify certain clichés present in his previous work. He said, “I was aware that I had written lots of episodes where someone goes, ‘Oh, I was inside a computer the whole time!’”
In the realm of AI-generated content, ChatGPT’s underwhelming attempt at crafting a Black Mirror episode highlights the ongoing debate surrounding the role of technology in creative industries. While artificial intelligence has shown promise in various domains, it still has a long way to go before it can truly replicate the creativity and storytelling abilities of human creators.
Netflix will debut the sixth season of “Black Mirror” on June 15.
In March 2023, the creators of South Park boldly used ChatGPT to contribute to an episode titled “Deep Learning.” The storyline humorously depicts South Park Elementary students discovering a technology capable of writing their homework, satirizing the widespread hype surrounding AI. The episode credits attribute the writing to both Trey Parker and ChatGPT, accompanied by an acknowledgment that Play.ht’s AI-powered text-to-voice generator provided the voice of ChatGPT.
- The Early Experimentations with AI: From Writing Books to Screenplays
- OpenAI Raises Alarm on Superintelligence and AI’s Potential to Surpass Human Capabilities in the Next Decade
- Netflix, Google, and Meta hit by big hedge fund sell-offs
- AI App Mixboard Allows Users to Create Unique Musical Mashups by Blending Artists and Genres Seamlessly
In line with the Trust Project guidelines, please note that the information provided on this page is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as legal, tax, investment, financial, or any other form of advice. It is important to only invest what you can afford to lose and to seek independent financial advice if you have any doubts. For further information, we suggest referring to the terms and conditions as well as the help and support pages provided by the issuer or advertiser. MetaversePost is committed to accurate, unbiased reporting, but market conditions are subject to change without notice.