Here's video of a robot developed in Japan to make people laugh. It was created by a team of researchers at Japan's Waseda University led by Professor Atsuo Takanishi. The team wrote sketches for the robot to perform and broke down humor into "funny behavior (such as exaggeration, dirty jokes, parody, sympathetic stories and laughter), funny context (a running gag or doing something unexpected) and funny character (self-flattery, self-deprecation and imitation)." Results found that having the robot imitate a familiar human comedian made 80% of the audience laugh, but they were probably just laughing because they were watching a robot programmed to do comedy.
Netflix unveiled a new app today, inspired by the new season of Arrested Development. (SPOILERS FROM THE NEW SEASON FOLLOW) It's called Fakeblock, a digital woodblock instrument just like the one George Michael invents. The description of the free app reads, "With over 100 million users, Fakeblock is the OC's most popular digital wood instrument. Entertain guests with life-like stereo wood percussion sounds. Appeal to potential dates and family members with high-def woodgrain imagery. It's not just a woodblock, it's a lifestyle." The website also says, "Fakeblock is produced by Gobias Industries under license from the Bluth-Austero Company." Head on over to Fakeblock.com or download the app for Android [...]