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Credit: David Smoler

Lewis Rapkin (US)

This is a story of discovery, technology and one that calls into question the humanity of creativity. The film tells the story of technologist Ross Goodwin and his literary artificial-intelligent robot as they set out to write the longest novel in the English language.

The AI is installed in a Cadillac rental car, with a surveillance camera (eyes), microphone (ears), GPS (sense of place) and laptop (brain) running an AI algorithm that has been trained on Ross’s favorite novels and poets—particularly American literary road-trip books (On The Road, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and so on).

As automation and artificial intelligence brings fear and wonder to everyday life, this story opens the discussion to consider the impact of technology beyond the economy and into the realm of art and creativity.