Robot Erica stars in a $70 million Hollywood movie

Technological progress has long been no stranger to Hollywood. Whether in the use of motion capture technologies, 3D technology or virtual reality. But now artificial intelligence and robotics are also increasingly moving into the dream factory. Now it has been announced that the lead role in a $70 million science fiction film will go to a machine.

Erica, the name of the humanoid robot, will support the human actors in the film. The film, called “b”, is about a scientist who uses technology to perfect human DNA and eventually helps his creation escape. The robot is played by Erica.

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Even though the movie is still in an early stage and doesn’t even have a director yet, it will have some highlights in store, which only the casting of the robot Erica brings along.

The developers Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa are not afraid that the human colleagues will play the AI actor. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, they announced that Erica was specially trained for acting and facial expressions.


“She was created from scratch to play the role. We had to simulate her motions and emotions through one-on-one sessions, such as controlling the speed of her movements, talking through her feelings and coaching character development and body language.”


How the movie will look like in the end and how good the acting of Erica will be remains to be seen. But the movie “b” will make history in Hollywood with her robotic leading role.


Post picture: University of Osaka

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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