AN Artificially Intelligent (AI) robot actor has been given a starring role in a $70 million movie (£56.4m).
Meet Erica, the AI star of a new sci-fi film, called b, which is about an artificially intelligent woman, also called Erica, who escapes from the lab that created her.
Usually, Erica’s part might be played by a CGI character, or an actor in make-up. Instead, the film-makers decided to work with Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa to actually build a robot actor.
One of the visual effects artists behind the film explained just what that meant. “She was created from scratch to play the role! [We had to] control the speed of her movements, talking through her feelings and coaching character development and body language.”