Hayao Miyazaki has never been shy about his hatred for modern technology. He once called iPads disgusting due to their “masturbation-like gestures,” he gets annoyed when cellphones are used on trains, and has not owned a computer as of 2010.
So, one has to wonder why he would attend a presentation by a CGI animation team from Dwango Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. The company showcased a program that uses artificial intelligence to create animation. After watching, Miyazaki calls the new tech “an insult to life itself,” and worries that “we are nearing to the end of times.”
— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) December 9, 2016
The clip was from a special titled The Man Who is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki, which covers Miyazaki’s third time coming out of retirement. Ironically enough, he is creating a CGI short titled Kemushi no Boro, and is flirting with the idea of turning it into a feature length film.
Do you agree with Miyazaki’s opinion about the A.I. program?