Artificial Intelligence and Martin Crimp

Sunday 26th February 2023

Martin Crimp in Not One of These People. Photo: Carla Chable de la Héronnière
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There’s been a lot of media noise about Artificial Intelligence recently, and computer-generated text can certainly be delightfully playful, occasionally informative and sometimes fun. But it still has a long way to go in terms of its accuracy. Take the case of Martin Crimp’s Not One of These People, which has been staged using help from AI. But what does AI think of the show? Here are two examples:

• This is an account of Martin Crimp’s Not One of These People by YouWrite, an AI writing assistant on

In his latest work, Martin Crimp’s Not One of These People (2022), the playwright takes a deep dive into the implications of Artificial Intelligence. Through this thought-provoking exploration, he examines how AI can be both beneficial and detrimental to society as a whole.

The play focuses on two characters: an AI assistant named ‘Ralph’ and its creator Dr Susan Smithson who is trying to find out what makes Ralph tick but also why it behaves in such unpredictable ways that often contradict her own expectations or desires for him. As they explore their relationship further, they come across questions about morality and ethics when using technology like AI in everyday life; ultimately leading them down paths neither could have predicted before embarking on this journey together.

Crimp’s writing style provides an interesting commentary by exploring themes like power dynamics between humans and machines; something which has been discussed more frequently since the advent of artificial intelligence becoming increasingly ubiquitous within our lives today – from virtual assistants helping us with tasks at home to driverless cars taking over roads around cities worldwide! He does not shy away from difficult conversations either as we witness moments where Dr Smithson must confront her own biases against Ralph due his machine-like nature while simultaneously grappling with feelings she develops towards him despite knowing full well he isn’t human nor will ever be able to truly understand emotions like love or empathy that come naturally for most people living amongst us today…

Overall, Not One Of These People offers readers an insightful look into how complex relationships between humans & machines can become if left unchecked – highlighting potential pitfalls one may encounter when relying too heavily upon these technologies without consideration for ethical considerations first! It serves as cautionary tale about embracing technological advancements while still maintaining our humanity through thoughtful dialogue instead just blindly following whatever path lies ahead without any regard whatsoever towards those affected by it along way.

• This is an account of Martin Crimp’s Not One of These People by CHAT GPT:

“Not One of These People” is a play written by Martin Crimp, a British playwright and screenwriter. The play was first performed in 2020 at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

The play is a dark comedy that explores themes of power, identity, and language. It follows a group of characters who are attending a high-powered business conference in a luxury hotel. The attendees are all striving for success and recognition, but their efforts are undercut by their own insecurities and the competitive nature of the conference.

As the play progresses, the characters’ interactions become increasingly bizarre and surreal, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. The play uses a non-linear narrative structure, with scenes jumping back and forth in time, and characters speaking in disjointed and fragmented dialogue.

“Not One of These People” has been described as a biting satire of contemporary society and the corporate world in particular. It is a challenging and thought-provoking work that invites audiences to question their own assumptions about power, success, and human nature.

¶ Now compare with this interview and this review.

© Aleks Sierz

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