Black Mirror creator attempted to use ChatGPT to write an episode

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker said his attempts to write an episode with ChatGPT failed miserably. 

After a four year hiatus, the highly-anticipated fifth season returns to our screens this month, with new cast members to include Salma Hayek, Aaron Paul and Annie Murphy. 

There’s set to be plenty of storylines that explore tech’s impact on our lives, but the chatbot’s chance to be credited for an episode didn’t quite make the cut. 

‘I’ve toyed around with ChatGPT a bit,’ he said. 

‘The first thing I did was type “generate Black Mirror episode” and it comes up with something that, at first glance, reads plausibly, but on second glance, is s***. 

‘Because all it’s done is look up all the synopses of Black Mirror episodes, and sort of mush them together,’ he added when speaking to Empire.  

He added: ‘Then if you dig a bit more deeply you go, “Oh, there’s not actually any real original thought here.” It’s [1970s impressionist] Mike Yarwood — there’s a topical reference.’ 

However he did say that ChatGPT highlighted some of the repetitive tropes in his show, then pushing him to be even more experimental. 

‘I was aware that I had written lots of episodes where someone goes “Oh, I was inside a computer the whole time”. So I thought, “I’m just going to chuck out any sense of what I think a Black Mirror episode is”. 

‘There’s no point in having an anthology show if you can’t break your own rules.’ 

He described the experience as being a ‘sort of nice, cold glass of water in the face’.  

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Last week the trailer for the new series was released, with viewers advised to ‘expect the unexpected’.  

The official synopsis reads: ‘Expect the unexpected. The long-awaited return of Charlie Brooker’s dark, satirical anthology series which reinvents itself with each new episode. 

‘The sixth season of Black Mirror is the most unpredictable, unclassifiable and unexpected yet.’ 

Other actors set to feature include Josh Hartnett, Rory Culkin, Rob Delaney, Zazie Beetz, Michael Cera and Paapa Essiedu. 

Black Mirror season 6 premieres on Netflix on June 15. 

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