Believe it or not, an AI is showing an endless episode of Seinfeld on Twitch. There are not only AIs that handwrite like humans, but also AI capable of writing plays and making TV shows as bizarre as they are impressive.
The experiment is taking place in these hours on the Twitch channel watchmeforever and is complete with crudely drawn versions of Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine: the environments and characters are all reproduced with pixel art generated through machine learning, the robotic voice acting is always done by artificial intelligence and the dialogues are written by GPT-3. There are also the typical sounds of the 80s sitcoms, inserted even in the most senseless moments.
The beauty of Nothing, Forever (this is the name of the show and of the project) is the continues broadcasting from 14 December 2022, without any interruption. The two creators of the show, Skyler Hartle and Brian Habersberger, explained that through machine learning, generative algorithms and cloud services they manage to produce an eternal show, therefore managed entirely by AI in the dialogues, direction and movements of the characters.
The more you watch the show, the more you notice them typical AI anomalies: some scenes are completely silent, others include completely nonsensical conversations: “The real impetus for this idea was that it started as a weird kind of nonsensical, surreal art project. Then over the years we made it what it is now, thanks to the crazy take-off of generative media and AI”Hartle said.
He then added that Nothing, Forever is capable of change based on people’s feedback received via Twitch stream chat. Thus, the audience can be directly involved in the making of part of the show. Considering that on average there are over a thousand people connected at the same time, in the future this could become the real “people’s” show.