Once Upon an A.I.

A groundbreaking experimental animation made entirely of A.I.-generated images. The film had its world premiere at Tomorrowland’s Love Tomorrow Conference…

Director - nøcomputer/Tool Belgium

Once Upon an A.I.

A groundbreaking experimental animation made entirely of A.I.-generated images.

The film had its world premiere at Tomorrowland’s Love Tomorrow Conference in Belgium.

Once Upon an A.I. was prompted and inspired by author Yuval Noah Harari’s writing on the history and future of humankind. A combination of 15 different A.I. algorithms were given Harari's writing and asked to create visuals accordingly. The resulting film presents an entirely novel perspective on his ideas, and is a close collaboration between man and machine.

Yuval Noah Harari studies the evolution that humans have gone through and will go through on a macro scale. In his books, he refers to technological development as a constant and powerful driving force for change. But what if we turn the tables? What happens when we let technology interpret Harari’s epic non-fiction storytelling about our collective past and possible future?

Stills from Once Upon an A.I.

Credits

nøcomputer, Sapienship, Love Tomorrow, AKA De Mensen, Once Storytelling and... several machines

Technical Lead: Wim Vanhenden / nøcomputer

AI voices: Play.ht & Bigspeak

AI models used: DallE Mini, Latent Diffusion, VQGAN, Pixray, Ken Burns 3D, Nightcafé, DeepDaze, First Order MM, Midjourney, Disco Diffusion, Ganbreeder, Play.ht, Bigspeak

Awards

  • 2022 FWA Awards: "FWA of the Day"