Can you replace a scriptwriter with an algorithm?

Anton Andreacchio and Dr Lewis Mitchell sat down at Screen Forever to discuss the role of data in screen production, and whether robots will replace us all.

We live in an era of algorithms, SEO and data points. It’s affecting the way we live, work, communicate – and the way we make films. But how can we harness the all-powerful power of data for the better? This was the question of the hour at the Screen Forever panel ‘Can Robots Write More Successful Scripts?’. Featuring University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics Dr Lewis Mitchell in conversation with Anton Andreacchio, Managing Director of Convergen, the panel offered a short answer to the question in the title pretty quickly: absolutely not! But the longer answer is much more interesting. 

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Jini Maxwell is the Games and Digital Content Lead for Screenhub, where they write about the people and circumstances that create videogames. They also write a monthly games criticism column for The Saturday Paper, and host ACMI's Women and Non-Binary Gamers Club. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob

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