(Presidentialwire.com)- An artificial intelligence-generated “Seinfeld” episode was banned from Twitch after the algorithm created comments that the platform considered to be “transphobic,” according to Newsmax.
A spoof of the popular Larry David sitcom was reportedly streaming on Amazon’s Twitch platform 24/7. “Nothing Forever,” created by Skyler Hartle and Brian Habersberger and which began in December, was a parody of the show, featuring “pixilated characters and set designs…awkward silence…[and] cheesy background music and laugh track,” the outlet reports.
The suspension followed a bit by the character Larry Feinberg, who is based on Jerry Seinfeld. Feinberg was reportedly thinking of material for his next stand-up comedy act and called being transgender a mental illness.
“I’m thinking about doing a bit about how being transgender is a mental illness or how all liberals are secretly gay and want to impose their will on everyone,” the AI-generated character said. “But no one is laughing, so I’m going to stop. Thanks for coming out tonight. See you next time.”
The show was then suspended from Twitch for 14 days for going against the platform’s community guidelines and terms of service. YouTube followed suit.
In an email to The Washington Post, Hartle issued an apology and said that this was not intentional. She said that she hoped the show would be back on the air soon with the “appropriate safeguards.”
Based on preexisting Seinfeld scripts, the creators used OpenAI’s GPT-3 technology to develop a script of its own. When an outage was reported using GPT-3’s Davinci model, they reportedly made the transition to the older Curie model, which is now being blamed for the offensive comments.
ChatGPT is an automated engine that generates responses to questions a user asks. Created by OpenAI, the technology has created public scrutiny over the ethics of using the program for things like school papers. Others have critiqued the AI tool as being politically biased.