Archive for June, 2021


TOM pg 117

I thought using vehicle-motions, kicking dust etc would give plenty of nice wipes between scenes. Of course, hard to guess what’ll be best in the cut, but NB to give editors an arsenal of shots to work from.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted on The Oracle Machine website – I’ve been busy writing another film script, for an even lower budget AI Sci-Fi movie. (because filmmakers make films regardless of funding…)
So meanwhile, what’s news in AI?

We have the first reported incident of ‘automatic-killer-robots’ with these Turkish-made drones (Although no doubt other countries are trying this too, just more secretly).
Even the jobs of Data Scientists may be in jeopardy, according to some… Data Scientists!
And reports of AI giving orders to truant kids in an Australian school – is this surely a taste of things to come in broader society?
And spying, for cops & corporates? Is A.I. making for safer neighbourhoods, and/or are Big Corporates (driven by Consumerism) becoming our Big Brother? 
Filmmakers will be amazed at what Adobe is experimenting with – using AI to change lighting in videos AFTER they’re shot.
And GPT3 is scaring/helping writers, who’re thinking ahead what’s in store with GPT4, 5, 6…
As previously reported, AI is getting smarter by watching videos
Self-driving trucks set new records.
I enjoyed this informative article on AI-bias.
And the brain scientists at Numenta promise about a 100x increase in AI computation with some neural inspiration. (Hint: It’s all about sparsity)
Chile is enacting the first ‘Neuroprivacy laws’. 
Expect more of these. Wildfire-smoke-detection is awesome!
And a late addition to this list: AI to help you code…more AI? Created by OpenAI (who built GPT3): https://copilot.github.com
And the Oracle Machine is on page 116, which is just 34 pages away from finishing the page-a-day publishing. Stay tuned!

Funny to think when I first wrote The Oracle Machine, 10+ years ago, cannabis was illegal. Yet now it’s practically legal in South Africa, & many other places. Things can change fast!

And yes, Cape Town really is what I call ‘The Cradle of Consciousness’, where scientific evidence suggests humanity survived as a small group (20,000 people) & then enjoyed a leap in consciousness over 100,000 years ago, before spreading out worldwide.
(Think #2001 A Space Odyssey, but with cave people tossing bones to the sky)

Our incredible region is now finally being recognised by local authorities, and marketed as humankind’s ‘Cradle of Culture’. (But I think ‘Cradle of Consciousness’ is much more accurate & cooler!)

This is why it’s The Perfect Setting for an original movie about humanity’s next evolutionary leap in consciousness and IQ.
(Or should it be AI-Q?)

TOM pg 115

Yes, it’s starting to look like an Afrikaburn-type scenario ahead (our version of Burning Man).

TOM pg 114

After a short dialogue break, cut back to action!
(‘give TOM a piece of my mind’ being a hint of weird things to come…)

TOM pg 113

Question: When we are one day working for an AI, will we even realise it?

TOM pg 112

Action!

TOM pg 111

If anyone is perhaps wondering why I keep posting all these pages… my strategy is to see if showing my fully-storyboarded screenplay will attract any potential investor attention?
If not, then I’ll trim the script down, from low-budget to micro-budget, or even to no-budget, & make it anyway (as with my first movie – Girl From Nowhere – which has been a relative success). Because filmmakers make films!
Hey, it’s also fun to share this, the story of our times!
(p.s some will be relieved, others disappointed, to learn The Oracle Machine comes to a climactic end on page 150)
(p.p.s you can watch Girl From Nowhere on Tubi.tv on the link here, or find it on Amazon Prime here. Enjoy!)

TOM pg 110

Keeping things moving! (At last, another non-verbal page)

TOM pg 109

Raising the intrigue…