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‘Black Mirror’ creator admits to trying to write an episode for the series using AI

“If you dig a bit more deeply you go, ‘Oh, there’s not actually any real original thought here,” said the ‘Black Mirror’ creator on the AI-generated script.

Emmy Awards-winning Charlie Brooker, the creator of the science fiction anthology series Black Mirror, shared with Empire magazine that he tried using an artificial intelligence chatbot, ChatGPT, to write an episode of the series only to leave him unimpressed.

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“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 sh*t,” Brooker said in an interview with Empire.

According to him, the AI-generated chatbot was only able to combine all the synopses of the existing Black Mirror episodes, “If you dig a bit more deeply you go, ‘Oh, there’s not actually any real original thought here,” he said.

Brooker’s encounter with ChatGPT served as a “cold glass of water in the face,” he said, making it a learning experience for him and teaching him what not to do in future episodes of the series.

“I [became] aware that I had written lots of episodes where someone goes ‘Oh, I was inside a computer the whole time!’,” Brooker said.

“So, I thought, ‘I’m just going to chuck out any sense of what I think a Black Mirror episode is. There’s no point in having an anthology show if you can’t break your own rules.”



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