Celebrate the beginning of the weekend – watch a stage play written by AI

Important | 2022-04-22

Kaunas National Drama Theatre invites the audience to enjoy an extraordinary experience – to watch a stage play co-written by artificial intelligence. On Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 the show “Frankenstein Complex” will be shown on the stage in Kaunas. The play, directed by Valters Sīlis will be shown in English.

Frankenstein Complex” was written together by Latvian actor and playwright Kārlis Krūmiņš and an artificial language module GPT-3 (Generative Pre-Trained Transformer).

“The dramatic co-production suggests how far one can go in striving for seeming perfection, while calling into question the playwright’s challenge to the creative “duel” of the Artificial Intelligence, which probably carries the quintessence of dramaturgy around the world,” reads the review of the play in the Baltics News.

Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions have become a significant part of our lives. Whether we want it or not, we still use it virtually every day. “Frankenstein complex” is a term coined by science fiction author Isaac Asimov, which he used to describe the fear of a mechanical human. We are fascinated and afraid of the possibilities that AI can bring to our lives.

We are living in the dawn of self-driving cars. What will come next? Maybe AI will take exams for us or write a screenplay? Will AI be able to recreate William Shakespeare’s poetry or the dramas of ancient authors? Maybe there will be no need for theatre playwrights either?

The performance is made of the playwright’s dialogue with the actual Artificial Intelligence and scenes that the AI has written itself. The play was born after several months of the author’s talking to the machine – knowing the fact that the machine can read 4 thousand pages per minute, the process was delayed only due to the fault of the human being!

The producers say that the play is mainly about the way AI sees us, and to watch it is akin to participating in a study of the creative work of a human being and AI. However, the best way to find out is to see the play yourself.

Tickets to National Kaunas Drama Theatre (NKDT) plays are available at the Theatre’s box office and online on www.tiketa.lt, www.bilietai.lt

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