Forever Fiction: Exploring the Endless Possibilities of ‘Nothing Forever’

Nima Akbarpour
2 min readApr 2, 2023
Nothing, Forever / Twitch

Have you ever thought about what would happen if we had an endless TV series that was always on whenever we turned on our television?

Well, with the progress of Artificial Intelligence (AI), we’re closer to that possibility than ever before. In fact, AI has advanced to the point where it can write a story on its own. And if it can do that, why can’t it generate images to go along with that script?

The “Nothing Forever” It’s an AI-generated sitcom that’s currently being broadcast on Twitch. The images it produces looks an eight-bit animations, and all of the sound effects except laughter are also produced by AI.

I watched the show for half an hour, and while I wouldn’t say it was funny, it was certainly intriguing.

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This show demonstrates that AI has the potential to transform the entertainment industry not only in terms of content but also in terms of visuals. As computers and AI become more powerful, it’s not far-fetched to imagine a future where the quality of image and content are truly “entertaining” by today’s standards.

But before anything else, it should be noted that artificial intelligence is not immune to errors, and there is always a possibility that a language model may make a mistake and produce offensive jokes. This is exactly what happened with this series, leading to the banning of certain parts of it.

Right now, there are already TV channels using AI-generated content, with presenters reading scripts produced by AI on screen.

A TV channel in Russia’s Stavropol Region has introduced an AI weather presenter, created using multiple neural networks. The program, titled ‘Future Forecast’, will air five times a day and is hosted by an AI presenter called Snezhana Tumanova, which is a play on words meaning ‘snow fog’ in Russian. The channel stated that the neural networks are responsible for the virtual presenter, text preparation, and graphic content generation.

However, to produce a TV series with the quality of “BoJack Horseman” entirely generated by AI, we still have a way to go. It’s also worth noting that this development could potentially lead to job losses for many in the entertainment and media industry.

Overall, AI-generated entertainment is still in its early stages, and while it’s exciting to see what AI can do, there’s still a long way to go. The question remains: how far can we push the boundaries of AI-generated entertainment, and what impact will it have on the industry and the workforce?

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Nima Akbarpour

Technology journalist, Filmmaker & Actor, Tech-Savvy, News Junkie, Cinephile-to-be, Former Persian Click Host on BBC