In a furnished New York City apartment, four pixelated cartoon characters stand aside from one another and have a conversation about coffee, Amazon delivery, and veganism. There is one female character and three male characters who seem to be the animated versions of Elaine, Jerry, George, and Kramer from Seinfeld.
In contrast to Seinfeld, however, these characters live in futuristic New York City and have robotic voices and appearances. This is due to the fact that practically the whole content of “Nothing, Forever” is created by algorithms and broadcast in real time. Ever since December 14th, it has been continuously broadcasted on Twitch.
There are a lot of similarities between “Nothing, Forever” and a sitcom from the 1990s, including the fact that the majority of the show takes place in a single apartment and consists of conversations about romantic interests and plans for the future that never actually involve the characters leaving the apartment.
However, the conversation frequently loses its coherence and becomes illogical. Oh, what a shame how about the film, George lamented. “I appreciate that. That’s what Elaine said, and I agree with her.
In an interview with Motherboard, “Nothing, Forever” co-creator Skyler Hartle explained that the show was inspired by Seinfeld parodies. The idea “originated as this weird, very, off-center kind of nonsensical, surreal art project,” as Hartle put it.
But then we worked on it for a while to get it to this new point over the years. And then, of course, in the last several years, generative media and generative AI have taken off in a mad dash.
Machine learning, generative algorithms, and cloud services were utilized by Hartle and his co-creator, Brian Habersberger, to create the show. Hartle told Motherboard that OpenAI‘s GPT-3 language model is responsible for the conversation and that the stream is largely unmoderated by humans beyond the GPT-3’s in-built filters.
One of the developers explained in a Reddit comment that other from the visuals and the laugh track, “all else is generative, including: conversation, speech, direction (camera cuts, character focus, shot length, scene duration, etc),” character movement, and music.
An establishing shot of a row of colorful New York City brownstones is shown in “Nothing, Forever” between scenes. Larry, a character inspired on Jerry, has standup segments at the end of various scenes in which he speaks into a microphone and performs jokes to an imaginary audience.
The laugh track is appropriately spaced out across the show’s scenes, but it hasn’t nailed down the characteristics of funny speech yet, so it frequently follows nonsensical or uninteresting dialogue. After a few scenes, a channel guide appears, and we learn that “News” and “Doctor” are among the shows that will air on the program with the permanent title “Watch Forever.”
It is becoming increasingly likely that in the not-too-distant future, you will be able to watch a show indefinitely, repeatedly, and as often as you like by turning on the equivalent of Netflix. You don’t simply have access to seven seasons of stuff when you want it; you have access to seven hundred, or even infinite, seasons.
According to Hartle, “it became one of our foundational foundations.” First and foremost, we wanted to see if we could make a show that would never run out of material. Because that’s where the future appears to be heading. In the future, we hope to offer a product of the same caliber as Netflix in exchange for a show.
Hartle added that, in contrast to traditional television series, the direction of “Nothing, Forever” is flexible enough to include viewer comments from the Twitch live conversation. The show can adapt to its viewers and the story will develop organically. That’s why we’re giving a lot of thought to how to involve people in shaping the story so it can truly be their own,” he explained.
I can’t believe we’re having this conversation,” Larry says as one scene begins, and Elaine’s character adds, “It’s better than the last one we were having.” This exchange about the exchange gives us hope that future generations will understand and enjoy the show even more than we do now.