AI-generated “Nothing, Forever” on an endless Twitch loop looks a little more like “Westworld.”
This endless ‘Seinfeld’ AI show is starting to look more like ‘Westworld’.
“Nothing, Forever” is currently streaming 24-7 on Twitch. In one-minute installments, the show uses AI tools like GPT-3 and Dall-E, each trained on classic 90s sitcom scripts, to create miniature scenes featuring four different characters, each loosely based on the “ Seinfeld’ look and feel. pixelated, checkered colors.
Naturally, they chat about the minutiae of life, interspersed with awkwardly timed canned laugh numbers. It also includes clips of the artificial Jerry character standing in front of a brick wall while doing stand-up, as well as footage of Jerry’s apartment in New York.
And then this.
“Did you ever stop and think this is some big cosmic joke?” AI Elaine asks.
“Well, I don’t think everything necessarily, everything, you know…” AI George pauses.
“I know,” says AI Elaine, her voice robotic with a hint of resignation. “I just mean, why are we here?
“Just kidding, of course,” George replies.
AI Elaine pushes on. “I mean, why are we here together?” Sitting on the couch; no one faces each other.
“Maybe fate brought us together for a reason? asks AI Jerry, mentally scratching his pixelated bouffant. The laugh track stings and swells and swells again.
There are currently several clips of Jerry, AI George, AI Elaine, and AI Kramer discussing existential questions and questioning their identity and purpose. (Jerry: “But I don’t want to be artificial intelligence!”).
The characters describe being stuck in a never-ending loop of “Groundhog Day”; in a mind-bending, fourth-wall-breaking moment, they discuss creating their own TV show and putting it online. The “Seinfeld” AI has officially gone from weird to downright annoying.
This could be (and probably is) as much a reflection of the people watching the show as the AI design itself. Dialogue for “Nothing, Forever” is based on OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model, dialogue and scene control are generated through the AI platform. However, the show may change based on feedback from Twitch users via stream chat.
The live stream, which started on December 14th, now has over 114,000 subscribers and over 10,000 people watching at once. “Nothing, Forever” is a creation of Mismatch Media, which believes that AI tools like this will pave the way for creating experimental TV shows and media forms. We have been warned.
Watch the live stream via Twitch here.
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