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AI Is Funny - a Generative Joke Model

timothy posted about 8 months ago | from the funny-is-a-strong-word-for-it dept.

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RemyBR writes "Can computers tell a good joke? Is comedy just a matter of statistics or is there something only a human can bring to creating a joke? A joke generator created at the University of Edinburgh (PDF) suggests that AI can be funny. Some AI generated jokes: 'I like my relationships like I like my source, open,' 'I like my coffee like I like my war, cold,' 'I like my boys like I like my sectors, bad.'"

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Manually Generated (3, Funny)

Dr. Sheldon Cooper (2726841) | about 8 months ago | (#44512957)

I like my slashdot like I like my like like like...

Loop detected, aborting.

Re:Manually Generated (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513057)

Yo dawg, I herd u like like so I put a like in your like so you can like while you like!

Re:Manually Generated (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about 8 months ago | (#44513255)

Slashdot would be more like:

I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
[dup...]

Re:Manually Generated (4, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#44513301)

Slashdot would be more like:

I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
[dup...]

With the occasional interspersed 3 page rant about something nobody can make sense of

Re:Manually Generated (4, Funny)

rudy_wayne (414635) | about 8 months ago | (#44513409)

Slashdot would be more like:

I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
I like my slashdot like I like my cat. Hairy.
[dup...]

With the occasional interspersed 3 page rant about HOSTS files

fixed that for you

Al? (4, Funny)

gbjbaanb (229885) | about 8 months ago | (#44512961)

Am I the only one who read the headline and thought of Al Gore?

ob. joke.. I like my coffee like my men - strong and black.

Re:Al? (5, Funny)

Dr. Sheldon Cooper (2726841) | about 8 months ago | (#44512983)

Coffee is like a woman.

Hot and sweet at first, then increasingly cold and bitter.

Re:Al? (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#44513311)

Coffee is like a woman.

Hot and sweet at first, then increasingly cold and bitter.

Sign: Don't make fun of our Coffee - Some day you'll be old and bitter, too.

Re:Al? (5, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 8 months ago | (#44513013)

I like my women like I like my coffee...inanimate.

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513247)

I like my women like I like my coffee...inanimate.

Black and full of cream, jerk.

Re:Al? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513391)

I like my victims like I like my coffee... in the butt!

Re:Al? (1)

Niris (1443675) | about 8 months ago | (#44513043)

I like my coffee like I like my women, weak and light. I don't keep my coffee tied up in my basement though. Or another favorite: I like my women like I like my beer. Strong and bitter.

Re:Al? (3, Funny)

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) | about 8 months ago | (#44513123)

I like my women like I like my whiskey -- 12 years old and mixed up with coke.

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513133)

Supposed to be "aged 12 years".

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513403)

And single malt.

Re:Al? (1)

Valdrax (32670) | about 8 months ago | (#44513499)

Damnit. I should read the comments to the comments before thinking I can get in first with a classic like that...

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513083)

I like my women like I like my coffee - ground up and in the freezer.

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513199)

I like my wine like I like my women... ready to pass out.

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513307)

I like my coffee like I like my women, ground up and in the freezer :P

Re:Al? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 8 months ago | (#44513351)

Am I the only one who read the headline and thought of Al Gore?

Nope. My first thought was AlGore funny? Maybe the world really is coming to an end.

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513381)

...stuffed in a burlap sack and carried across the Andes on the back of a donkey?

Re:Al? (1)

Valdrax (32670) | about 8 months ago | (#44513449)

ob. joke.. I like my coffee like my men - strong and black.

I like my bourbon like my women -- 13 years old and mixed up with coke.

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513691)

I like my women like I like my coffee. Ground up and in the freezer.

Re:Al? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44514093)

I like my coffee like I like my women: ground up and in the freezer.

Ok, now let me try... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44512987)

...I like my computer generated joke examples like I like my MSDN how-to articles...terrible?

Re:Ok, now let me try... (3, Funny)

N0Man74 (1620447) | about 8 months ago | (#44513251)

...I like my computer generated joke examples like I like my MSDN how-to articles...terrible?

I like my computer generated jokes like I like my computer joke generator errors...

.cpp(31) : error C2337: 'funny_error' : attribute not found

New Roe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44512993)

I like my AI like I like my zombies, mancery.

Re:New Roe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513053)

This comment is going to get overwatched.

Re:New Roe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513107)

I like my martinis like I like my jokes, onion-y

Re:New Roe (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513235)

Doesn't that make it a Gibson, and no longer a martini?

Re:New Roe (2)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#44513329)

I like my AI like I like my zombies, mancery.

I like my AI like I like my - INSERT DISK 2 TO CONTINUE

Supercollider? I barely even knew her... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513019)

... and then I built a supercollider.

*Obligatory Futurama reference*

I like my coffee like I like my women... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513023)

... milky white, weak, and tasteless.

MAD libs (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513035)

Do they still sell those party joke books from the '70s? That's the level of humor we're talking about here.

Re:MAD libs (1)

lewscroo (695355) | about 8 months ago | (#44513195)

If these jokes are as funny as party book jokes from the 70's and computation power doubles every 18 months, it won't be long before we see the arrival of a quality Louis MB comedy routine.

Well, in that case... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513045)

I like my jokes like I like my AI, statistical.

website! (5, Interesting)

Xicor (2738029) | about 8 months ago | (#44513049)

give us a website with access to this joke maker! not just a journal article

Re:website! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513327)

There's probably some really bad ones that you'd laugh at if you were alone but denounce if you're with people.

I like my women like I like my Nicolas Cage films (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513059)

Covered in bees!

"AI-generated" is an overstatement (5, Informative)

Typical Slashdotter (2848579) | about 8 months ago | (#44513079)

Reading the article, they have a (human-created) statistical model for the specific words people will find funny in this one, exact type of joke. The only thing the "AI" is doing is analyzing word frequencies against this model. I suggest calling these "statistically-generated" jokes, or similar.

Re:"AI-generated" is an overstatement (2)

Hatta (162192) | about 8 months ago | (#44513119)

Exactly. Let us know when the AI generates the formula, instead of just plugging words into it.

Re:"AI-generated" is an overstatement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513151)

When does a statistical decision maker become an AI? At what point do you take the min-max tree and say, this algorithm is now "AI".

Re:"AI-generated" is an overstatement (1)

200_success (623160) | about 8 months ago | (#44513201)

Furthermore, the examples are probably not a representative sample of the output. Humans probably picked a few good ones out of a set of mediocre ones.

"AI-generated" is just a statement (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513569)

Read the article again and look at their premise. They wanted to show that semantic data was not important. That the AI-joke problem was simpler than previously thought.

Sure, these are simple, formulaic jokes, but they requires less domain knowledge. I find that as interesting as any other topic we've reduced by science, such as music to recorded waves.

This Has Been Done (3, Interesting)

Toad-san (64810) | about 8 months ago | (#44513127)

Well, in the movies anyway. Remember the first robot who could NOT get a joke? (Robbie)
And I think the first wise-cracking robot? (Johnny 5 in "Short Circuit")

And then of course there was Data .. with mixed results in reference to humor and jokes.

Re:This Has Been Done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513243)

...and Kryten! :-)

Re:This Has Been Done (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 months ago | (#44513357)

...and Kryten! :-)

And Marvin

"...terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side" cracks me up every time! (c:

Re:This Has Been Done (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 8 months ago | (#44513721)

Rimmer: Step up to Red Alert!
Kryten: Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.

Re:This Has Been Done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513421)

Here's the thing about technology in movies: it's fake.

That holographic interface in Minority Report? Fake. It wasnt real.

The space ships & AI in 2001. Fake.

Transporters in Star Trek? Fake.

Transforming robots? Fake.

Robots making and telling jokes? Fake.

I like my AI... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513165)

I like my AI like I like I like all my intelligence: downloaded from my opponent's servers in the dead of night.

True enough (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513179)

Al is very funny, I like the way he deadpans"I don't think so, Tim" after Tim suggests a particularly bizarre way to go about a home improvement project. Glad to see Slashdot is finally giving him proper recognition.

Data from ST:TNG (1)

Machtyn (759119) | about 8 months ago | (#44513189)

Okay, did anyone else think of the one or two episodes where Data was trying to be funny and do stand-up? This story reminded me of that. So did the jokes.

Re:Data from ST:TNG (1)

kiriath (2670145) | about 8 months ago | (#44513315)

Okay, did anyone else think of the one or two episodes where Data was trying to be funny and do stand-up? This story reminded me of that. So did the jokes.

Yes, exactly, I was just about to type all of this out. lol.... Exactly what popped into my head.

Re:Data from ST:TNG (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513945)

So, if you put funny teeth in your mouth, and jump around like an idiot, that is considered funny!

I get my coffee like I get my women (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513225)

frigid, expensive, bitter and eventually dumped in the gutter.

That's what she said (4, Interesting)

barlevg (2111272) | about 8 months ago | (#44513259)

The fascinating thing to me was that the funniest jokes it managed to come up with had a definite misogynistic streak. Is it because misogyny is inherently amusing, or because sexist jokes are low-hanging fruit? Link to more coverage of the same story. [telegraph.co.uk]

Re:That's what she said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513681)

The fascinating thing to me was that the funniest jokes it managed to come up with had a definite misogynistic streak. Is it because misogyny is inherently amusing, or because sexist jokes are low-hanging fruit? Link to more coverage of the same story.

It's understanding of language comes from Google's n-gram database. Any meaning you interpret from the jokes is from there. We often find things that make us uncomfortable funny. This joke style certainly started that way as it was originally about women.

Re:That's what she said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513995)

"That's what she said" is about hatred of women?

horse_ebooks (1)

swampfriend (2629073) | about 8 months ago | (#44513283)

I think http://twitter.com/Horse_ebooks [twitter.com] has a significantly higher success rating than 16%. Granted its tweets are not "jokes." But I hardly think "I like my coffee like I like my war - cold" qualifies as a joke. Especially since they are trying to make the AI "funny" out of any sort of context.

takes two to make a joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44513291)

If you ask me it takes two people to make a joke. If the teller wants laughter AND the listener laughs it's a joke. In other words joke creation is a training exercise where the teller tries something and the listener gives feedback. Here it seems the AI has some joke building knowledge but that knowledge will expire when people get bored of what it has to say and it will need to adapt.

Really like to see someone implement this (2)

barlevg (2111272) | about 8 months ago | (#44513313)

So from what I can read, this particular joke generator uses pretty straightforward word association and some Bayesian weighting. This article [theweinerworks.com] describes model that's a bit more complicated (having to do with graphs of word associations and forming loops of optimal length), and I wonder if it'd produce better (that is, funnier) results.

My hound hath no nose (1)

Ioldanach (88584) | about 8 months ago | (#44513325)

The problem will arise when the computers recreate the Funniest Joke in the World, sealed under a monument in 1950 labeled "To The Unknown Joke" After all, the computer will not know it has created the Killer Joke, leaving us with the danger of mass hysterics breaking out.

Re:My hound hath no nose (1)

Megane (129182) | about 8 months ago | (#44513653)

In other words, Skynet will be achieved once computers discover a Killer Joke.

The Essence of Humor (5, Insightful)

tinkerton (199273) | about 8 months ago | (#44513459)

Usually people mix up humor and powerful humor. So they think of all the ingredients that make it work. The best example of humor is then the one that makes you laugh more.
But here's another angle: Just think of humor as having a humor part and a booster that makes you laugh more. The humor part is just the perception switch. It can be pretty mild. But add the naughtiness, the meanness , the embarassment and they provide a boost to the humor.

Taken that way, the AI examples in the topic article are really touching the essence of humor.

Context is important (2)

istartedi (132515) | about 8 months ago | (#44513939)

You need Dr. Strangelove to walk into a coffee shop, and for the barista to ask him how he likes his coffee. Then MAYBE it's funny. Furthermore, the deliver and timing matters. You can deliver that line and kill or die. Finally, the person who sees this might not get it, or they might get it and just not think it's funny. Yeah, yeah, Dr. Strangelove likes the cold war. Not funny... to that guy; but maybe funny to you.

Sure - Siri... (1)

djupedal (584558) | about 8 months ago | (#44514003)

Ask Siri where to bury a dead body - or where to buy a digital camera...heck, just say 'tell me a joke'...

Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44514021)

IRC chatbots have been a source of hilarious topics for years

Context Error on line 1: Expected humor. (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 8 months ago | (#44514045)

I like my machines like I like myself, Intelligent.

Mapping a common property between two different subjects literally isn't remarkable in of itself. A comedian invents far more jokes than they tell. You see, the trick isn't in coming up with jokes, it's knowing when they're funny enough to repeat.

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