AI Seinfeld Present ‘Nothing, Eternally’ Will get Un-Cancelled

Screenshot of animated Jerry Seinfeld

Nothing, Eternally, the AI-generated and Seinfeld-inspired Twitch stream that first launched in December 2022, is coming again on-line. The corporate behind the surreal vortex of animated 90’s New York nostalgia, Mismatch Media, introduced the present’s return Tuesday evening on Twitter. The meant-to-be-infinite stream is scheduled to restart on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. Pacific).

Beforehand, Twitch took Nothing, Eternally briefly offline after its primary character, “Larry Feinberg,” began to spew transphobic and homophobic, AI-generated content material. Installments of the present are structured vaguely equally to precise Seinfeld episodes, although a lot shorter. Every “episode” of Nothing, Eternally features a stand-up interlude the place the cartoon Feinberg is talking at a microphone on a stage.

Throughout one such second, the animated-faux comic went on a full-on, anti-LGBTQ rant (not in contrast to another, real-world comedians have in recent times). “I’m interested by doing a bit about how being transgender is definitely a psychological sickness. Or how all liberals are secretly homosexual and wish to impose their will on everybody. Or one thing about how transgender individuals are ruining the material of society. However nobody is laughing, so I’m going to cease,” the animated humorist stated through the interlude of 1 “episode.”

Twitch has a conduct coverage that explicitly bars hateful or discriminatory materials concerning sexuality and gender identification. For the violation, the platform shut Nothing, Eternally down for no less than 14 days in early February.

Within the aftermath, one in every of Mismatch Media’s founders and a developer behind the Seinfeld-esque stream, Skyler Hartle, took to Discord to attempt to clarify what occurred. In keeping with Hartle’s preliminary publish, the issues started to emerge when the OpenAI GPT-3 Davinci mannequin powering the stream began to glitch out. In response, the builders switched to a back-up: Curie. It was beneath this contingency plan that the content material allegedly turned sideways.

In a later replace, Hartle and co-developer Brian Habersberger added that they “mistakenly” believed OpenAI’s content material moderation system was in place, placing guardrails on Nothing, Eternally and Larry Feinberg. Clearly although, it wasn’t. Within the February publish, the builders famous they might be implementing content material moderation on the stream earlier than it returned, in addition to including a back-up.

Content material moderation, algorithmic bias, and an inclination in the direction of producing offensive and hateful materials are a few of the largest points going through generative AI know-how. Barring in depth (and brutal) filtering, the coaching knowledge fed to giant language fashions and different synthetic intelligences include the entire normal human impulses and prejudices—whether or not we wish them to or not.

Fingers crossed that on this revamped iteration, Larry Feinberg has realized its/his lesson and is aware of higher. And, even when the stream doesn’t fairly hit its supposed mark of outlasting eternity, perhaps this time, Nothing, Eternally will keep on-line greater than a few months. 

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