New Sci-Fi Short Watch Room Asks Who Is the Real Ghost in the Machine

By Beth Elderkin on at

Three genius friends build an artificial intelligence that seems to have a mind of its own. As we see in the new sci-fi short film Watch Room, the program they created is much more in control than they realise.

Dust has released a new sci-fi short Watch Room, written by Michael Koehler and directed by Noah Wagner. Three friends – Nate, Chloe, and Bernard – are working out of their garage to perfect an artificial intelligence through virtual reality. The AI, which they’ve named Kate, has been tasked with talking a suicidal man off of a ledge, but she keeps failing. It might not be an accident.

In a statement, Wagner said the team consulted with AI scientists to try and properly represent the nature of conversations between humans and their artificial creations – focussing on the relationship between human and machine, and what happens when those lines are blurred. I don’t want to give away the ending, but things definitely turn out more twisted than expected.

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