The “show about nothing” became the subject of controversy something really fast.
Sure, the AI-generated “Seinfeld” is newly self-aware, but it really is self-conscious about its content?
That’s the troubling question at the heart of Twitch’s latest viral development, “Nothing, Forever,” inspired by the iconic “Seinfeld.”
The AI version of Larry David-slash-Jerry Seinfeld says in the stream: “I’m actually thinking a bit about how being transgender is actually a mental illness or how all liberals are secretly gay and want to force their will on it. everybody. Or something about how transgender people are destroying the fabric of society. But no one’s laughing, so I’ll stop. Thanks for coming out tonight. See you next time. Where has everyone gone?”
“Nothing, Forever” has since received a 14-day ban from the Twitch platform. Co-creators Skyler Hartle and Brian Habersberger via Discord (via Deputy) to comment on the current situation.
“Hello everyone. Here’s the latest: We’ve been banned for 14 days for Larry Feinberg’s club refereeing tonight,” the duo said. time to ensure to the best of our ability that nothing like this can happen again.”
The “Nothing Forever” crew noted the switched artificial intelligence model behind the “erroneous behavior” shown by the characters.
“We have investigated the root cause of the problem,” wrote a tinylobsta employee on Discord. “Earlier tonight we started dropping out using OpenAI’s GPT-3 Davinci model which caused the show to behave erratically (you may have seen empty rooms go through). OpenAI has a less sophisticated model called Curie, which was Davinci’s predecessor. When the davinci started to fail, we switched to Curie to try and keep the show going non-stop. Changing to Curie resulted in incorrect text. We use OpenAI’s content moderation tools, which so far worked for the Davinci model, but did not work for Curie. We have been able to identify the root cause of our problem with the Davinci model and will not be using Curie as a fallback in the future. We hope this sheds some light on how this happened.”
Another staffer added: “I would like to add that none of what is said reflects the views of the developers (or anyone else on the staff team).”
IndieWire reached out to “Nothing, Forever” co-creators Hartle and Habersberger, as well as Twitch.
“Nothing, Forever” dialogue is powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model. The dialogue and control of the scenes is entirely generated by the AI platform. The show may also change based on feedback from Twitch users via stream chat.
“As generative media improves, we think you’ll be able to turn on the future equivalent of Netflix at any time and watch a show non-stop for as long as you want,” co-creator Hartle said. Vice motherboard. “It’s not just seven seasons of a show, it’s seven hundred, or an infinite number of seasons of a show, with fresh content whenever you want it. Our basic principle was, can we make a show that will generate entertaining content forever? Because we really see the future here. Our goal with the next iterations or next shows that we put out is to actually replace a show that’s like Netflix-level quality.”
Well, it looks like AI Larry Feinberg is about to get a Netflix special, along with Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais.
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