Seinfeld first aired in 1989 and ran for nine seasons. However, even today, viewers rewatch eagerly. And an incredible event is connected to it: an AI-generated parody episode of Seinfeld is streaming live on Twitch in an endless loop.
The endless episode of the show is called Nothing, Forever and consists of mechanical characters and pixel animation. Jerry, Kramer, Elaine, and George, the main characters, remain the focus of the series, but they exist in modern-day New York. The four move between their apartments and Jerry’s stand-up studio, with occasional off-screen laughter in the background.
According to its Twitch page, Nothing Forever follows the popular characterization of Seinfeld, describing itself as a “show about nothing.” But unlike the comedy series, which ended on May 14, 1998, this program is “always on”.
It’s “kinda like popular sitcoms of the past, except that it never stopss.” The channel promises that the broadcast will continue “365 days of the year, and delivers new content every minute.” The show has indeed been live streaming continuously since December 14 last year.
Mismatch Media, the media lab behind the project, focuses on using generative technologies such as DALL-E from OpenAI, for creating experimental forms of entertainment. For the dialogue in Nothing, Forever, the creators used the OpenAI GPT-3 language model. Outside of AI moderation filters, human moderation is virtually non-existent.
However, it is too early for streamers, TV channels and showrunners to worry, because Nothing, Forever cannot yet compete with series created by people. In it, the characters mostly talk about their lives robotically, and some scenes are left unfinished and without context, while off-screen laughter appears whenever it wants. But it is quite possible that in the future it will change.