The image above is from a show called ‘Nothing Forever’. The show is AI-generated version of Seinfeld.
It has been streaming on Twitch 24/7 since mid-December. It tells the “story” – if you can call it that – of four characters, Larry, Fred, Yvonne and Kakler, who look like what would happen if Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer were sucked into an 8-bit video game from 1990. You can watch season 1 here.
While Seinfeld ended in 1998, it’s been the subject of a zillion mashups since then, including the great Twitter feed called Modern Seinfeld, a TikTok actor doing his own spin on it and even some Hip Hop Tv fusions. But at the top of the list we have to put Nothing Forever, because we’ll look back on this as the first of something which changes entertainment forever.
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This is actually some cutting edge stuff, because all of it was creating by AI and Machine Learning. The script, the voices, the computer imagery, the movement, the laugh track and even the music is very Seinfeld-esque. It runs forever…. it doesn’t end, it just keeps on going. It is running right now here, and it has 200K followers.
At the moment the show is super glitchy. The dialogue is mostly weird, the characters bump into each other, and the images are super lo-fi. But it occasionally has some genuinely funny moments. It is the just the seed of a much bigger movement. Let me explain.
Just like video games, this will improve and eventually evolve into HD video of people which are indistinguishable to the real Seinfeld actors. You won’t be able to tell the difference. The jokes will get funnier. In short, AI will be able to generate an infinite future of Seinfeld, by learning from actual Seinfeld episodes, and combining information from the modern world to make it relevant to today. As the AI improve exponentially, so will the output of shows like this.
Re-Runs Version 2.0
Within a decade you’ll be able to watch AI generated versions of whichever TV show you used to love. Friends, Happy Days, Mash, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Big Bang Theory…. you name it. You may remember 4 years ago write about you becoming a movie star. This is part of the same movement.
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This is the Future of Entertainment – At first it will be re-runs which are just as good as the original, and eventually entirely new shows will be spawned via AI with no real actors or script writers. They’ll look sound and feel as thought they were created in the traditional way, and we won’t care. Studios will embrace it because it will be cheaper, and viewers as always, just want to be entertained. We’ll develop emotional connections with actors, in Tv shows that don’t actually exist.
AI is changing everything.