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When AI goes catacrock: everything that has gone wrong with Twitch’s ‘Seinfeld’

For now, television creators can live peacefully.

When AI goes catacrock: everything that has gone wrong with Twitch’s ‘Seinfeld’
Randy Meeks

Randy Meeks

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We have been told, both actively and passively, that artificial intelligence will dominate entertainment, almost entirely, within a few years. It’s something certain, absolutely certain, of course, impossible to deny. And yet, all attempts made so far have been absolutely disastrous pieces of infra-art. Perhaps because it has been created by and for technology enthusiasts but not artists? It could be. As evidence, Twitch’s endless ‘Seinfeld,’ which has been plagued with errors since its conception.

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‘Seinfeld,’ in its infinite version for Twitch, was created using a variety of tools, from Dall-E to ChatGPT or Stable Diffusion, with the intention of demonstrating that if you feed the machine, it can offer endless entertainment, even in a very primitive state. And initially, it was indeed succeeding. There were no plots, but the characters had a tone similar to the TV show and interacted with each other.

At first, the characters realized that their existence was not real: “Have you ever stopped to think that this might be a giant cosmic joke?” asked the AI-created Elaine. “Why are we here?” “To tell jokes, obviously,” responded George. “Maybe destiny has put us in the same place for a reason?” questioned Jerry. It was only a matter of time before it took the worst possible turn.

“I am thinking of doing a monologue about how being transgender is a mental illness. Or how all liberals are secretly gay and want to impose it on the whole world. Or something about how transgender people are ruining the fabric of society. But no one is laughing, so I’m going to stop.” No one fully understood why the AI-created Seinfeld, a light entertainment, suddenly turned into a machine spewing the worst of society. It was banned from Twitch for fourteen days, and upon returning, everything seemed to be working more or less fine. At least, until now.

To avoid further problems, the “season 2” of ‘Nothing, forever,’ as this project is called, removed all the monologues and changed the characters. At least they talked to each other until someone noticed on October 27th that “they don’t even say anything anymore and just stand there in complete silence.” Occasionally, an orange man sneaks into the apartment.

On October 30th, a viewer complained that they were endlessly walking in front of a closed fridge, in a loop… And they had been doing this for five days. Either standing still or walking in a loop. It has definitely turned into, quite literally, nothing. Forever. And if this is all that AI could give us, TV creatives can rest easy. Maybe their shows aren’t always fantastic, but at least they involve something more than people going around in circles around a fridge.

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Randy Meeks

Randy Meeks

Editor specializing in pop culture who writes for websites, magazines, books, social networks, scripts, notebooks and napkins if there are no other places to write for you.

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