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Morgan trailer: IBM used artificial intelligence to craft new clip

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The act of artificially intelligent beings taking over complex tasks typically reserved for human hands is no longer a fantasy of Hollywood fiction.

In collaboration with 20th Century Fox, scientists at IBM Research have created the first-ever “cognitive movie trailer” for the upcoming science fiction thriller Morgan by utilizing experimental Watson application program interfaces — in simpler terms, they used a complicated technological system which analyzed hundreds of horror movie trailers to gather information on scenes that keep audiences on-edge. After sifting through Morgan‘s finished cut, the program selected its 10 most appealing moments, which a (human) editor then crafted into a trailer for the movie.

Directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Luke, and starring Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Yeoh, and Brian Cox, Morgan revolves around a risk-management consultant who must decide whether to terminate a self-sufficient, humanesque robot after it grows increasingly hostile.

The film’s new trailer isn’t the first cinematic collaboration between man and machine. In July, Greenlight Essentials’ Jack Zhang released a sneak peek at his new project, Impossible Things, an indie horror flick he wrote with help from an augmented intelligence software tool, which also crafted the film’s trailer.

Morgan hits theaters this Friday,. Watch the AI-created trailer for the film above. 

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