Can you remember, let alone depict, your dreams? Dreams have traditionally been difficult to express, due to their abstract and intangible nature. However, with the recent emergence of generative art AI technology such as DALL-E 2, people can now create images, music, and even videos about their dreams with just a few clicks and prompts.
Ruihan Zhang, a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab’s Molecular Machines group, was lead organizer of the recent MIT AI for Filmmaking Hackathon, an event created by the MIT Film Makers Association that aimed to bring dreams to life through AI and film. The hackathon brought together participants—including MIT students and staff, as well as high-profile speakers and judges—from various backgrounds and disciplines to utilize AI in the filmmaking process and produce short films.
Ruihan Zhang was one of six event organizers from the MIT Film Makers Association, each from different MIT departments: Shangdi Yu and Honghao Cao of MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Yiming Zhang of MIT Biological Engineering, Zhibo Chen of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Songchen Tan of MIT Computational Science and Engineering.