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Hollywood director casts robot actor to star in new film

Director Tony Kaye, shown here in a file photo, is casting an Artificial Intelligence actor as the lead role in his next film, "2nd Born." (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Hollywood director Tony Kaye is breaking new ground by having an Artificial Intelligence actor star in his next film, "2nd Born," Deadline Hollywood reported.

The move is controversial but not necessarily surprising as advancing technology is poised to take over more jobs traditionally done by human labor.

Why are they doing this?

The idea was dreamed up by Kaye and his producer, Sam Khoze, Deadline Hollywood reported. They decided to use a physical AI robot as an actor in the film, rather than use computerized special effects. They are hoping the move will grab the attention of the Screen Actors Guild, Deadline Hollywood said.

Kaye plans to train the robot on “different acting methods and techniques.”

What does this mean?

Hollywood actors are not the only ones whose jobs are on the line. The Organization for Cooperation and Development says about 14 percent of jobs worldwide could easily be automated.

The organization also predicts that entering the workforce will be more difficult for young people because more entry-level jobs can be automated than positions held by other workers.

AI technology is continually advancing and so are the number of tasks it can perform, but the news isn’t all bad. PwC analysts believe that AI will create just about as many jobs at it will eliminate.

What is the film about?

Kaye's film is a sequel to "1st Born," an indie comedy directed by Ali Atshani. That movie features Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, Jay Abdo, Taylor Cole, Reza Sixo Safai, William Baldwin, Denise Richards, and Robert Knepper.

Several of the original cast members are expected to return for the new installment.

The sequel, set for release by Lotus Entertainment this year, tells the story of a young married couple going through a complicated first pregnancy. As a result, their extended family must come together “for the sake of the baby,” according to the report.

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