Ashton Kutcher addresses his AI speculation after backlash: ‘We need to be prepared’

Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher has doubled down in the face of backlash over his praise for artificial intelligence technology.

During a recent conversation with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Berggruen Salon in Los Angeles, the actor had nothing but praise for Sora, an AI technology from OpenAI that can produce videos based on the user’s verbal instructions, according to Variety magazine.

“I have a beta version of it and it’s pretty amazing,” he said. “You can generate any footage that you want. You can create good 10-, 15-second videos that look very real. It still makes mistakes. It still doesn’t quite understand physics.”

“But if you look at the generation of this that existed one year ago as compared to Sora, it’s leaps and bounds. In fact, there’s footage in it that I would say you could easily use in a major motion picture or a television show,” he added.

The theme he was getting at was that AI technology could drastically alter the way television shows and movies are made. It’s a theme he repeated several times throughout the interview.

“Why would you go out and shoot an establishing shot of a house in a television show when you could just create the establishing shot for $100?” he continued. “To go out and shoot it would cost you thousands of dollars. Action scenes of me jumping off of this building, you don’t have to have a stunt person go do it, you could just go do it [with AI].”

“You’ll be able to render a whole movie. You’ll just come up with an idea for a movie, then it will write the script, then you’ll input the script into the video generator and it will generate the movie. Instead of watching some movie that somebody else came up with, I can just generate and then watch my own movie,” he said.

While perfectly sane and reasonable, this rhetoric triggered massive backlash from entitled leftists who think they’re owed something.

Case in point:

Kutcher has since doubled down by publishing a Twitter thread explaining his line of reasoning and arguing that he doesn’t believe AI technology will wreck the film industry.

“I don’t think AI will replace the film industry or creative arts,” he tweeted. “It’s an amazing tool that we should learn to work with to become more prolific and efficient as artist. In the same way we use Avid, final draft, greenscreen, Led bg and other technical tools. Acting like it doesn’t exist will be catastrophic.”

“[J]obs will change, denying that is turning a blind eye to facts. there use to be someone that taped the film together. there use to be someone that checked the gate. ashton kutcher @aplusk. we need to be prepared and understand whats coming,” he added.


Vivek Saxena


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