Once, there was a group of student programmers. They wanted to build a robot that could draw the same way humans did. They were full of hope.
And then they showed it to Hayao Miyazaki.
Being one of the greatest directors of animated films to ever walk the planet, Miyazaki has fairly strong views on art, animation and the mechanics of both. So for the Nobuo Kawakami team giving a presentation on artificial intelligence, having Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli in the room was a major deal.
Miyazaki’s first response? “Every morning … not [recently], but I see my friend who has a disability,” the director began.
You have to feel a little bad for the team giving the presentation: it wasn’t really necessary for Miyazaki to shit on AI quite that hard. But then again, Miyazaki is a bit of a brutal character. And when you consider that a recent NHK special only showed Miyazaki learning how to use a tablet for animation, you have to wonder what kind of reaction Nobuo Kawakami was expecting in the first place.