Jun 7 • 17M

The A.I. Panic

Rob Long on the doom-casting driving not-so-nice writer conversations

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Rob Long
When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the first assistant director will call out, “This is the Martini Shot!” I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. - Rob Long
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Today, Rob Long looks at A.I., a main sticking point in contract negotiations between the studios and labor unions. Mission Impossible 39? One day, you could do it with Deep Fake Tom Cruise (inconveniently, it seems, A-list actors age). But writers? Rob describes the not-so-nice intramural chatter about who’s talented and who isn’t, who needs a robot and who doesn’t, who can replace me and what should replace you. In the end, it turns out, it’s all about whose data set dunks on someone else’s. Cue Deep Fake Rob.

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