Associate Professor of Computer Science Robert Wahl, PhD, talks with The National about the ongoing writer-actor strike in Hollywood and why there are concerns about the use and implications of artificial intelligence in film and television.

The strike that is upending Hollywood continues. On May 2, the Writers Guild of America went on strike over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Later, Hollywood actors joined the stand, and, as of late, there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.

What is behind the dispute? An issue at the heart of it all is the use of artificial intelligence and its implications for writers, producers, actors, and the like when it comes to compensation and the ethics of it.

In the media

Before the strike even started, Concordia Associate Professor of Computer Science Robert Wahl, PhD, had published a paper on the ethics of AI in media. More recently, he spoke with a leading publication in the Middle East called The National.

“I’m definitely not in the panic state,” Wahl told the publication, “but [AI] is going to be big, it’s going to affect a lot of things that we do … and there’s currently no rules or regulations on this.”

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