Die Panelisten bei der Diskussion in der Audi Berlinale Lounge.

When artificial intelligence writes scripts

Berlinale 2019: The “beyond initiative” discusses AI with experts

What opportunities does AI offer? Experts from the film and automotive industries provided answers to these and other questions at the Berlinale Open House. Why Audi blog author Hannes Schumann, at the end of the discussion, even believes in the artistic talent of AI.

Rainer-Maria Jilg im Gespräch mit Torsten Schön, Barbara Wege und Rainer Kohlberger
Moderator Rainer-Maria Jilg in conversation with Torsten Schön, Barbara Wege, and Rainer Kohlberger (from left to right).

From the window of the Audi Berlinale Lounge at the Berlinale Palace, I can see actors and directors stepping out of the purely electric Audi e-tron and fans cheering for their idols, illuminated by high-resolution cameras that flash again and again. Inside the Berlinale Open House, the cameras are directed at Torsten Schön, data scientist at Audi Electronics Venture, Barbara Wege, project manager of the beyond initiative, and Rainer Kohlberger, video artist and media designer. Together with moderator Rainer-Maria Jilg, on this afternoon they discuss a question that is equally relevant to the media, policymakers, and society: “What does Artificial Intelligence (AI) do?” It’s a visionary 60 minutes.

What is AI?

The question arises at the beginning of the discussion as to what is really meant by the term AI. In general, AI is an “artificial, non-biological system that behaves intelligently,” explains Torsten Schön. When AI is being debated in public, people are mainly talking about “machine learning,” that is, a system that learns rules independently based on existing data.

According to Schön, AI is mainly mathematics and statistics. That’s also how I visualize AI myself: Computers, algorithms, and robots that support humans with intelligent calculations or in performing monotonous tasks. I can see robots in production and algorithms in the cars of the future, but in the film industry? At the beginning of the panel discussion, I’m having trouble imagining that.

Can AI write scripts?

Nevertheless, video artist Rainer Kohlberger demonstrates to me that this idea isn’t so far-fetched. He uses algorithms to generate images that he develops for room installations, live visualizations, and experimental films. The Austrian used this technique in his current short film “It has to be lived once and dreamed twice.” It is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film that will be screened in this year’s Berlinale Shorts competition.

For Audi data scientist Torsten Schön, AI could go one step further in the film industry. In his opinion, AI will soon even be able to write scripts itself. This is again related to machine learning: An algorithm could read patterns from millions of scripts, learn from them, and come up with the perfect romance, dreamt up by a machine.

Rainer Kohlberger im Gespräch
Video artist Rainer Kohlberger has been experimenting with algorithms for three years.

The beyond initiative: dealing with AI since 2015

The discussion shows the enormous potential of AI to think in new ways in a variety of industries. As part of the beyond initiative at Audi, Barbara Wege is working on the question of how these new technological opportunities made possible by AI will change our society. The core of the initiative is an interdisciplinary network of international AI experts, in which IT professionals meet philosophers and psychologists come into contact with legal experts.

"We want to make a contribution to ensuring that AI is used for the benefit of the individual and society."

Barbara Wege, project manager of the beyond initiative

A key future application of AI in the automotive sector is autonomous driving. “Autonomous driving has the potential to make automotive travel significantly safer. Some 95 percent of accidents today are caused by human error,” says Wege. At the same time, it will not be easy for some to trust self-driving cars, he admits. “We need to establish balanced expectations in society.”

Torsten Schön im Gespräch mit Moderator Rainer-Maria Jilg
For Torsten Schön, data scientist at Audi Electronics Venture, AI is an ‘artificial, non-biological system that behaves intelligently.

Autonomously driving cars arriving at the red carpet as a standard?

At the end of the discussion, things turn philosophical. It’s about a definition of consciousness, whether we humans are truly free in our thinking, and whether AI will dominate humanity in the future. This discussion is conducted openly with the audience, but a uniform consensus is not reached. However, if you believe what the panel ultimately arrived at as an upshot, then it will be a matter of course that autonomous cars will drive the stars of the future to Potsdamer Platz, stopping in front of the red carpet without human assistance. Whether the Berlinale films will then also be “shot” by machines and the calculations they make is something that I believe is quite possible after this discussion.

What does artificial intelligence (AI) provide?

This is a question that not only preoccupies the media, politics and society. At the Berlinale Open House, Torsten Schön (data scientist at Audi Electronics Venture), Barbara Wege (project leader at the beyond initiative) and Rainer Kohlberger (video artist and media designer) discussed this topic hosted by Rainer-Maria Jilg.

For Barbara Wege, project manager of the beyond initiative, autonomous driving has ‘the potential to make traffic significantly safer.
View of the panelists from the Audi Berlinale Lounge Bar.
The audience follows the discussion taking place as part of the Berlinale festivities.
At the 69th Berlinale, Audi is taking the celebrities to the red carpet with the Audi e-tron and invites film creators, journalists and visitors to the Audi Berlinale Lounge.

For Barbara Wege, project manager of the beyond initiative, autonomous driving has ‘the potential to make traffic significantly safer.

1/4

View of the panelists from the Audi Berlinale Lounge Bar.

2/4

The audience follows the discussion taking place as part of the Berlinale festivities.

3/4

At the 69th Berlinale, Audi is taking the celebrities to the red carpet with the Audi e-tron and invites film creators, journalists and visitors to the Audi Berlinale Lounge.

4/4
Audi at the 69. Berlinale
Audi MediaCenter

Berlinale 2019

Audi will drive the stars to the red carpet at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival in the Audi e-tron (electricity consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 26.2-22.6* (WLTP), 24.6-23.7 (NEDC); CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 0*). In its sixth season as principal sponsor, Audi and the Berlinale will together welcome visitors to the Audi Berlinale Lounge, to dive into the festival experience directly next to the red carpet. From February 7 to 16, the Berlinale Open House Program will present varied event formats and exciting discussions with visionaries from the fields of film, culture and business on socially relevant tr...

Read more

Make a comment

Your email adress will not be published

Consumption and emission figures of vehicles on this page:

Electric power consumption Audi e-tron: Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi)*: 26.2 – 22.6 (WLTP); 24.6 – 23.7 (NEFZ). CO2 emissions combined in g/km (g/mi): 0. Figures depending on the chosen equipment level // www.audi.de/DAT-Hinweis

1.9.0