With the adverse effect of technology at the center of the hit series Black mirrorcreator Charlie Brooker decided to test the much-discussed Artificial Intelligence technology for himself.
During a recent interview with rich magazinethe television writer said he actually “played with ChatGPT a bit” while writing the anthology series’ final season.
“The first thing I did was type ‘generate’ Black mirror episode” and it comes with something that reads plausible on the surface but sucks on the second,” Brooker said of the technology’s ability to write a script. “All that’s been done is all the summaries of Black mirror episodes, sort of putting them together. Then when you dig a little deeper, you think, “Oh, there’s really no real original thought here.” It’s (1970s impressionist) Mike Yarwood – there’s a current reference.
The Netflix show, which was confirmed last week to have five episodes in its upcoming sixth season, reveals how the use of modern technology can backfire on humanity, with each episode based on a different reality.
While Brooker’s experiments with AI technology didn’t go as planned, he noted there were some takeaways that could help him plan for the show’s upcoming season.
“I was aware that I had written a lot of episodes where someone says, ‘Oh, I was in a computer all the time,'” he explained. “So I thought, ‘I’m just going to throw out every sense of what I’m thinking.’ Black mirror episode is.’”
The Emmy winner’s writer added, “There’s no point in having an anthology show if you can’t break your own rules. Just a kind of nice, cold glass of water in your face.”
Brooker previously said he has “stretched the parameters” of what to expect from a Black mirror episode in season six, which will be released on Netflix on June 15.