AI-generated ‘Seinfeld’ suspended on Twitch for AI-generated transphobic jokes • TechCrunch
After charming the web (and us) with its absurdist nature, the AI-generated “Seinfeld”-spoof “Nothing, Eternally” was suspended from Twitch for 14 days.
As a part of its parody of “Seinfeld,” one of many recurring scenes on “Nothing, Eternally” reveals Larry Feinberg — the Jerry Seinfeld character — performing stand-up routines. Often, Larry’s jokes went one thing like, “What’s a bear with no enamel? A gummy bear.” However, as “Nothing, Eternally” creators Mismatch Media informed TechCrunch, the crew made a mistake with the AI’s content material filter, which resulted in Larry delivering a transphobic standup routine.
“Nothing, Eternally,” which has been streaming nearly always since December, initially generated the characters’ dialogue by the Davinci mannequin of GPT-3, plus Open AI’s content material filtering protocol. However when Davinci started having technical points, the crew switched to the less-sophisticated Curie mannequin. After altering fashions, the creators didn’t appropriately incorporate the AI moderation software. Quickly, Larry was spewing transphobic jokes, and “Nothing, Eternally” was suspensed.
“First, let me say that the textual content we generated was a mistake, we’re tremendous embarrassed, and that the generative content material created by no means displays the values or opinions of our employees,” co-creator Skyler Hartle wrote in an e mail to TechCrunch. “We very a lot remorse this occurred and hope to be again on the air quickly, with all the suitable safeguards in place.”
Hartle additionally stated that the crew is investigating a secondary content material moderation system so as to add as a redundancy, simply in case their content material moderation filters occur to falter whereas dwell on air.
Twitch didn’t reply to request for remark. Hartle stated he has not had any direct communication with Twitch both. However the creators imagine the suspension is a results of Larry’s transphobic feedback, because of the timing of the suspension.
Twitch’s neighborhood tips ban hateful rhetoric about particular identification teams, together with discrimination or harassment based mostly on gender identification. The platform’s content material moderation techniques seem to have caught the transphobic rhetoric of Larry, an AI, fairly shortly. However whereas Twitch’s techniques reacted shortly to deplatform an AI, it has not been as constantly profitable with mitigating the deliberate harassment of transgender individuals.
A couple of 12 months and a half in the past, the platform was affected by malicious “hate raids,” which significantly focused Black and transgender creators. After creator-led collective motion, Twitch rolled out new security options to assist defend streamers from these violent cyber assaults. Final 12 months, as transgender Twitch streamer Keffals rose to prominence for speaking about LGBTQ+ points, she was topic to such harsh harassment that she was focused inside her own residence, inflicting her to enter hiding. (A lot of this harassment stemmed from different web sites, however as of 2021, Twitch’s neighborhood tips can maintain Twitch customers accountable for off-platform harassment.)
The creators of “Nothing, Eternally” say they didn’t intend to air transphobic commentary, and that they don’t endorse these views. But this predicament reveals how shortly generative AI leisure can go south when left unchecked. In any case, GPT-3 is educated on the web itself, so it may echo a few of the most heinous rhetoric from throughout the net.
There’s one thing darkly ironic about this incident: a content material filtering snafu drove the Twitch suspension of what’s mainly a robotic. In the meantime, Dave Chappelle simply gained a Grammy for his comedy album “The Nearer,” which has been closely criticized for its transphobia. But even inside the AI-generated universe of “Nothing, Eternally,” the AI-generated viewers didn’t discover Larry’s jokes very humorous.
“There’s like 50 individuals right here and nobody is laughing. Anybody have any strategies?” the AI started its comedy set, earlier than occurring its transient transphobic tirade. Then, Larry closed his set, “Nobody is laughing, so I’m going to cease. Thanks for popping out tonight. See you subsequent time. The place’d all people go?”