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.
This week we’re talking about personal finance, and to kick it off we decide to talk about a bunch of things we don’t understand, such as the iPhone app Bitstrips, the NSA, running robots, soldiers’ personal assistants, Second Life destroying relationships, addicting iPhone games and Snapchat.
Later Tom rants about the new fancy pants “Coin” credit credit bluetooth do-hicky for your phone while simultaneously defending his nerd watch, leading to Tim demanding to go through Tom’s wallet card by card live on air. Tim also talks about the time his identity was stolen and resulted in fraudulent adult website charges on his credit card as Tom explains how he [...]
Every year, Comedy Central, like all of the other networks, announces a new slate of shows it’s developing, and it’s always an impressive collection of some of the funniest people going. Comedy fans who have been around long enough know not to get too excited though because there’s only so much room in the Comedy Central schedule (and budget), so most of the shows the network develops each year don’t end up getting made. Comedy Central just announced the shows that ARE getting made this year – new projects from funny people like Anthony Jeselnik, Amy Schumer, and Ben Hoffman. It’s great to see these comedians bringing [...]
Of the accounts that follow me on Twitter, half are spambots. About 15% are companies or organizations whose social media interns found me on a list somewhere, and another 15% are something in between: not definitely bots, but not exactly humans. Whatever they are, they're not "listening" in any meaningful sense. Among the remaining group are some people I like, some people I like a lot, some people I don't know, and a bunch of technology PR professionals who don't really have a choice.
My "Follow" list, in contrast, is cultivated with great care — it’s almost exclusively people I think are funny. But the funniest account I [...]
Screw all these other posers, science has gone and solved the issue of who should replace Michael Scott on The Office: a computer program designed to make double entendres. The program is called Double Entendre via Noun Transfer, or DEviaNT, and was created by two computer scientists at the University of Washington, Chloé Kiddon and Yuriy Brun. The program is based on an analysis of two bodies of text: 1.5 million erotic sentences, and another with 57,000 from standard literature. They then evaluated nouns, adjectives and verbs with a "sexiness" function to determine whether a sentence is a potential TWSS [That's What She Said]. Examples of nouns with [...]