Kristen Stewart Has Co-Authored A Research Paper On Artificial Intelligence And It's Blowing Our Mind

The Twilight actress has co-written a academic paper on technological techniques in film and we're slightly confused


Celebrities love a triple threat; be it an actor who segways into a rapping career, a former band member who lands a cameo in a Hollywood blockbuster (see upcoming Ocean's Eight cast) or a comedian who becomes a popular late-night television host.

And, the latest artist to add another string to their ever-growing bow is actress Kristen Stewart, who recently co-authored a new research paper on the subject of artificial intelligence (A.I).


No, seriously.

Dipping her toe into academia, the 26 year-old star has helped write a paper for online research at Cornell University ArXiv about something that is known in the science and technology world as 'neural style transfer'– a technique seen in her latest film, Come Swim.

According to The Cut, Kristen – who debuted her short film yesterday at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival – penned the paper with Adobe engineer Bhautik J. Joshi and Starlight Studios producer David Shapiro on the A.I technique, which transforms images from the film into impressionist-styled shots.

She was inspired to create her directorial debut – the music for which was written by Stewart's rumoured girlfriend, musician St. Vincent – after creating paintings and poetry on the topic of waking up from sleep, reports the Mail Online.

According to IMDb, the film – which Stewart also wrote – is described as 'a diptych of one man's day; half impressionist and half realist portraits'.

Nope, we're not quite sure what that means either but we think it's about a guy who dips in and out of reality.

According to the paper, the film is a 'poetic, impressionistic portrait of a heartbroken man under water' and uses the 'neural style transfer' technique to make the film appear as if it was a painting.

Okay, now that makes more sense.

'The painting itself evokes the thoughts an individual has in the first moments of waking (fading in-between dreams and reality), and this theme is explored in the introductory and final scenes where this technique is applied,' it reads.

Nope, now we're back to being confused? Kristen, a little help, please?

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