Robots Develop Humor; All Hope Lost


Posted August 2, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

We humans have very little defense against our evil, robotic overlords, but we have always been able to laugh at them as a quiet, pathetic expression of our humanity.

Like the other day, I was toiling in outer space diamond mine number 4,334, and the Disciplinator robot was cracking his razor-studded whip in my back.

I kept saying, "Your MOM should mine diamonds!" but rather than laugh at my witticism, he only repeated, "I have no mother unit. Does not compute. Beep Beep Beep." They dragged me off to the re-education camp, but my fellow miners all had a good guffaw over it, let me tell you.

Soon, however, the robots will "get it." Evil robotisists Julia Taylor and Lawrence Mazlack of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio have built a computer program  that is able to understand a specific type of joke - one whose crux is a simple pun. They are also working to personalise the bot's sense of humour by flagging certain links between words as either funny or not, depending on the experiences of people it might converse with.

So get back in line, keep the jokes to yourself and stop making waves, humans. Your joking days are over.

New Scientist: Sharing a joke could help man and robot interact

Robots Develop Humor; All Hope Lost


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