Kristen Stewart Co-Authored Research Paper About Artificial Intelligence

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Kristen Stewart is quickly becoming one of my favorite people. She’s gone from Twilight to indie darling, picking some amazing films that show us she has way more talent than Bella Swan gave her credit for. And now, she’s a scientist.


Stewart is gearing up to debut her directorial debut, a 17-minute short film called Come Swim, which was inspired by a painting Stewart had previously completed. The film integrates the painting using a technique called “style transfer,” which uses convolutional neural networks to have an algorithm change a video in real time. It’s kind of like a movie version of Prisma.

Stewart, along with her film’s producer and an engineer, drafted a three-page research paper, called “Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim.” It’s mainly a case study in how to apply style transfer to film, but it’s still pretty great to see Stewart’s work applied to AI development. Who knows... we could see a BellaBot Impressionist Uprising in the next few years. They’d be deadly... but at least they’d look cool.


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she’s a scientist.

Is she? This paper seems to indicate that she’s an engineer. I think it’s really cool that she’s a co-author on a not-peer-reviewed published research paper. But unless this paper followed a scientific method to generate questions about the natural world and/or attempt to find answers to those questions, this paper does not qualify her as being a scientist.