Everywhere we turn, AI is a topic of intense debate and conversation. We seem to be teetering at a turning point in history, looking towards a not-to-distant future where artificial intelligence integrates with driving, shopping, and many other aspect of everyday life. Of course, horror films have charted some of the more frightening potential pitfalls of intelligent technology – sometimes in post apocalyptic fashion. Even in the very early days of filmmaking, groundbreaking movies such as Metropolis (1927) predicted the rise of intelligent machines and what the consequences might be for humanity.
It can all sound a little overwhelming, and horror fans might even experience apprehension toward AI when their favourite genre portrays the technology frequently as frightening or evil. But horror creators who can learn to utilise artificial intelligence for their own benefit may find it an invaluable tool in developing their projects.
As Popcorn Horror is both a web based news feed for horror news and lifestyle, and the spooks behind Glasgow Horror Fest and associated live horror themed events, we have a unique insight into various ways that the horror creator might find the use of AI an advantage. Let’s take a look at some of the potential uses for machine learning technology, and how you as a horror creator might integrate this exciting emerging field into your upcoming projects.
Vision Sensors are just one implementation of AI that is worth exploring. If your horror content creation includes the production of physical merchandise or products – this could be a fantastic introduction to using machine learning to improve the products on offer. These type of sensors are designed to monitor a production line, ensuring consistent quality of items and logging key data on the construction process. They allow users to analyse all aspects of their manufacturing, and to quickly find and correct any potential issues. The key point here is their ability to cope with operations involving the manufacture of items at a high volume, which are require to be precise.
The abilities of Vision Sensors come to mind when considering the rise in popularity of independent horror board games, figurines and other collectables. Click here for a comprehensive look at the advantages Vision Sensors can offer users – including creators of these types of items. Certainly one can see where the technology could prove valuable in producing potentially thousands of detailed game pieces or intricate collectible items. Which player tokens, dice, cards and other key game pieces must be produced to a high degree of accuracy – a machine has the obvious advantage over a human in the quality control process.
Moving away from Vision Sensors, lets also look at another exciting development in the field of machine learning – Automated Image Archiving. For creators who have a huge variety of stock and product lines, documenting them and preparing them for display on an online store is no doubt one of the more time consuming tasks they must undertake. Sure, many creators are making one-off pieces which require a human to record the important details for customers or to communicate a custom order. But more widely produced items remain popular, including the rise of 3D printed horror collectables and memorabilia.
Automated Image Archiving documents the stages of the production process and automatically saves high quality images of products at various stages of creation. Useful if creators want to share the process with their followers or create ‘How To’ guides! And a supply of marketing images of products ready to be used in advertising and social media to promote the creator’s project. Creators with an extensive variety of products, perhaps products with fairly minimal variations between those in the same line, could benefit enormously. Those who sell horror themed clothing, for example, might make ideal users of this form of artificial intelligence.
To conclude, horror creators needn’t fear artificial intelligence. Despite what the movies say, AI is not here for world domination and the destruction of humans – but as a tool that will become increasingly helpful for modern commerce. Whether you create horror t-shirts, board games, movies or music – machine learning is going to form part of that process in the coming decades. Creators can use this evolution in technology to their advantage and continue to spook and delight audiences around the world.