Ashton Kutcher Receives Criticism For Supporting AI-Rendered Entertainment

Ashton Kutcher, known for his roles in ‘Two and a Half Men’ and ‘That ’70s Show,’ has stirred controversy by lauding the potential of AI in creating films and TV shows. During a discussion with Google CEO Eric Schmidt in Los Angeles, Kutcher highlighted the capabilities of OpenAI’s generative video tool, Sora.

Kutcher shared his experience with the beta version of Sora, expressing his amazement: “You can generate any footage you want. You can create good 10, 15-second videos that look very real. It still doesn’t quite understand physics, but compared to what existed a year ago, Sora is leaps and bounds ahead.”

He even suggested that some of the footage produced could be suitable for major motion pictures or TV shows.

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He went on to speculate about the future of filmmaking: “You’ll just come up with an idea for a movie, then it will write the script, then you’ll input the script into the video generator and it will generate the movie.” Kutcher argued that once AI fully develops, traditional filmmaking might become obsolete, noting the potential for significant cost savings.

However, these comments haven’t been well received by everyone in Hollywood. Former ‘Rick & Morty’ writer Caitie Delaney strongly disagreed, saying, “When you take ANY humans off of a collaborative and creative pursuit, you literally lose the humanity. A hollow, pointless shell. TV will have the same artistic merit as dish soap.”

Writer Ash Laser echoed this sentiment, criticising the short-sightedness of such a viewpoint: “It’s such an ignorant, short-term cost vs long-term gain mindset. You’re training it to replace YOU. And your kid’s dreams.” Alice Herring added that Kutcher’s role as a venture capitalist investing in AI should have been disclosed, arguing that his perspective is more that of a salesman than a filmmaker.