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This Infinite Sitcom Generator Is Broadcasting A Show About Nothing, Forever

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“I went out with this guy the other day and he said he didn’t like fruit.” Yvonne is a completely different, legally different character than Elaine from Seinfeld. Maybe they don’t know how to enjoy the taste,” Larry says with a big laugh.

If it’s not fun, it’s because you’re not spending enough time nothing, foreveris an automated sitcom parody stream, purportedly generated entirely via machine learning and AI algorithms thanks to OpenAI, Stable Diffusion and DALL-E.

I spent hours on this for a short period starting in mid-December, and it got very little publicity until it suddenly got a lot of attention this week. saltivet Also Twitch Plays Pokemonwhich grew its audience by 6,000 followers overnight, and is now averaging 2,500 concurrent viewers at launch.

Larry doing one of his stand-up performances prior to the episode cut.

One of the best gags of last night and truly one of the funniest moments I’ve had in my long history of wasting my life on the internet, the cast of Larry, Yvonne, Fred and Kuckler play a charade game. I saw you playing.

The animations are delightfully limited, often with Larry and the others slowly sinking into their seats or rapidly twisting unrestrained by collisions while finding a fixed point.

During the game, instead of playing the animal of his choice, Fred just said: Larry then repeated it. The chat exploded with messages like:

Locations change frequently, with scenes taking place in various apartments and, like Seinfeld (which I must emphasize, bear little resemblance), sometimes featured by stand-up performances by Larry. Conversations regularly start with the same kind of prompts. For example, Fred is always finding new jobs or hearing about new types of restaurants and food, but conversations can start anywhere and go anywhere.

When the conversation ends, the characters can even go silent for minutes, simply changing their standing position or beeping in the microwave.

Last night, during some major maintenance, the feed switched to a TV guide displaying randomized programming options. These include “Late Night News,” which takes place at 9 a.m., Popeye’s 90-minute block, and a show called “The Simpsons.” Nothing, Forever claims to be “always on, always weird” and always delivers.

“[David Lynch’s] Rabbit It was a great source of initial creative inspiration for the show. The creator is Skyler Hartle, and by day he works as a product manager building tools for software developers on Microsoft Azure. Referring to his 2002 series of “horror” shorts, which the director described as sitcoms, the comparison is immediately apparent in the way the characters often stand facing opposite directions.

Nothing, the cast of Forever, hanging out at Larry's apartment.

Nothing, the cast of Forever, hanging out at Larry’s apartment.

Hartle says Nothing, Forever has been in the works for four years as a collaboration with co-creator Brian Habersberger. “The show started as an art his project, which over the years has morphed into a project of both art and technology,” Hartle said.

I wondered how much of the content we watch is AI-generated. Yvonne walks around as if she’s scratching herself, lays down on a desk on top of the office computer because no one can properly operate it, and occasionally the characters try to occupy the same position, pushing through each other’s bodies. and do the same laziness.Animation that seems to merge them.

“The 3D assets we see are pre-made, and motions such as hand gestures are currently hard-coded,” Hartle said.

“Movement around the room and interaction points on set occur randomly, so you never know where your character will end up,” they added, explaining why they chose an angle where the camera was completely blocked by the refrigerator. is explained. the door that opened in front of it.

Hartle’s most memorable scene to date is when Larry performs a stand-up set that transports him to “Slug World.”

It’s a compelling early idea that fully AI-generated content could offer us, and Hartle hopes as well. Intending to spin off more shows.

“We believe this kind of media is the future, and we want to put the underlying platform into more people’s hands to empower solo creators and small teams, but that’s definitely ahead. I am looking forward to.”

This feels like a watershed moment, not a hyperbole. And if this trend drags on long enough, we might even find out what happens to in-flight meals.

Matt Jones is IGN’s UK Social Coordinator and returns to Pumpkin at midnight.

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