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Sony AI Docuseries To Be Shown At This Year’s Tribeca Festival

Documentary film shows behind-the-scenes footage of the development of Sophy artificial intelligence for Gran Turismo

In its mission to unleash human imagination and creativity with AI, Sony AI has revealed its episodic film series titled, The Team Behind GT Sophy, and has been invited to participate in the 22nd Tribeca Festival as an official selection of the Tribeca X Competition.

The three-part documentary series is a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Gran Turismo Sophy (GT Sophy), a superhuman AI agent to outrace the world’s best drivers of the popular PlayStation 4 racing simulation game, Gran Turismo (GT) Sport.

It’ll also explore the science, creativity, and ingenuity of AI innovation through the eyes of Sony AI’s team of researchers and engineers from around the globe.

Michael Spranger, COO of Sony Research said, “A behind-the-scenes look at AI development at this scale is rare and we were proud to open our doors to show the innovation, collaboration and raw skill it took across the many teams that worked to create our breakthrough game agent, GT Sophy, including Polyphony Digital, Sony Interactive Entertainment and even the professional Gran Turismo (GT) Sport drivers.”

“The Tribeca Festival is synonymous with creative expression and entertainment, and aligns with our mission to develop AI to enhance human imagination and creativity. We are honoured to have the opportunity to share our work with the greater creative community,” Spranger added.

The creation process

The films chronicle their quest to virtually develop and train the AI agent in seven cities across three continents – from the Tokyo apartment where a Sony AI developer first tinkered with progenitors of GT Sophy to the Zurich complex where senior research scientists obsessively analyzed every spinout on massive monitors, all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Viewers will get a glimpse into the trials and tribulations they experienced as part of the development process and showcase the achievements of both the team and GT Sophy. All three parts can be viewed on the Sony AI YouTube channel.

GT Sophy was trained utilising a novel deep reinforcement learning platform developed in collaboration between Sony AI, Polyphony Digital, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The episodic series was a Godfrey Dadich Partners x Hakuhodo production, directed and executive produced by Paula Chowles in partnership with the Sony AI communications team.

The Tribeca Festival is scheduled to take place from June 7th to 18th in New York City and will bring artists and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, music, audio storytelling, games and immersive entertainment.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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