‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Calls AI Technology ‘A Plagiarism Machine’

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Breaking Bad” showrunner Vince Gilligan shared his thoughts about the hot topic of the Hollywood community: the use of AI, or artificial intelligence.

The 58-year-old director said at first he was afraid of AI, but eventually, it just annoyed him.

“When I first became aware of ChatGPT or whatever it’s called, it scared the living hell out of me. I thought, ‘We’re done for as a race.’ I don’t mean in the ‘Terminator’ sense, like they’re going to start exterminating us. But who wants to live in a world where creativity is given over to machines? There goes my job,” he recently told Variety.  

He continued, saying he considers the current form of AI creatively lacking. 

“I think it’s a lot of horses***,” Gilligan continued. “It’s a giant plagiarism machine, in its current form. I think ChatGPT knows what it’s writing like a toaster knows that it’s making toast. There’s no intelligence — it’s a marvel of marketing.”

The director said he believes the technology would improve over time but that, for now, it can’t compete with human creativity in the realm of writing. 


“Down the line there may be a moment of singularity where it actually becomes a threat, but right now it’s just a plagiarism machine,” he reiterated. “It’s a bunch of billionaires trying to become trillionaires by selling this thing as some kind of momentous sea change. It certainly will have its uses in writing legal briefs and stuff like that, but I don’t think it’s going to take over for writers of fiction.”

Gilligan was reflecting on how a decade has passed since the end of the Emmy-award-winning series, “Breaking Bad.” The director said that he’s still “very proud” of the drama but that there’s just one thing he messed up on.

“I think the one thing we got wrong was Aaron Paul’s teeth,” he said of one of the show’s lead actors who played drug dealer and addict Jesse Pinkman. “They’re too damn perfect! For a guy who got beaten up as much as he did and smoked that much meth, his teeth would not look so beautiful.”

He added, “We probably did the country a disservice, but having said that, Aaron’s easy on the eyes so that was just as well for folks watching.”

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