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An Experimental AI Film Director Calls it Quits


In 2018, the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam welcomed its first robot filmmaker: "Jan Bot" is an artificial intelligence tasked with producing experimental short films using the material in the museum's archives. Each day, Jan Bot scours the web for trending topics, then takes them as inspiration for abstract interpretations. Creators Pablo Núñez Palma and Bram Loogman have described it as "prolific, often misunderstood." Now, with more than 25,000 films in its catalog, the time has come to switch Jan Bot off. Conceived as a way to bring a physical archive into the internet age, the next phase will be posthumously archiving Jan Bot's oeuvre via NFT.