What It Will Take for Artificial Intelligence to Gain a Sense of Humor

by Angela Guess Glenn McDonald recently wrote in Yahoo Tech, “Artificial intelligence is capable of some very sophisticated kinds of thinking. IBM’s Watson, for instance, can not only compete in game shows, it can also perform high-level medical analysis and even create gourmet recipes. Artificial neural networks — the brainlike core of cutting-edge A.I. systems — are making great strides in real-time translation and image recognition. But one thing artificial intelligence can’t do is tell a joke. In fact, despite decades of research, computers are nowhere close to being able to generate, or even recognize, humor. It’s pretty astonishing, really. Researchers haven’t just had limited success with teaching computers to be funny — they’ve had virtually no success at all.” McDonald goes on, “That hasn’t stopped them from trying. A…


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