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This Japanese Comedy Robot Is Terrifying

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.

(via CNET)

The Complete Guide to Everything: Personal Finance

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 [...]

8 Promising Series That Comedy Central Didn't Pick Up This Year

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 [...]

The Ballad of @Horse_ebooks

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 [...]

The "That's What She Said" Joke-Making Computer Program Could Replace Michael Scott

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 [...]

Watch Colbert's Bizarre Report on a Black Lesbian Nazi Activist Robot

In case you missed last night's Colbert Report, here's a ridiculous installment of "The Enemy Within" he did on "the most frightening minority activist of all" fighting for equality — a robot from Vermont named Bina who may very well end up being the leader of the inevitable worldwide robot takeover.

Dumb Ass Robot, by Noell Wolfgram Evans

Hands down, this has to be the stupidest robot I have ever seen, just sitting there with that dumb look on his face. “What are you smiling at?!” I yell at him sometimes, but he doesn’t answer, he just keeps sitting there. With that one light flashing.

For the first couple of days, right after I got him, I was like, this is really cool, a robot. I tried to get him to do all kinds of robot stuff but there was nothing to that. Like the first day I got him was the day after the weekend when Luke and I had that big fight because his fence [...]

'Robot and Frank' Trailer Foretells a Future Where Old People Befriend Robots

If a movie about a robot kicking it with and old guy isn't enough, they also are jewel thieves!!!!!!!!!!?! What a left turn. I feel like Hollywood underestimates how interested we are in robots and overestimates how interested we are in jewels. Next time H-wood, just have the robot steal another robot but then fall in love with that other robot and have robot babies. Jewels schmewels.

Jon Hamm Makes Robot Noises on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

Jon Hamm is gonna make so many robot noises when he joins the next season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. More robot noises than this. Actually, it's weird that he even speaks any English in this clip because according to my intel, his character is a schizophrenic robot who has many robot personalities (my intel is a dream I had once). The new season starts Jan. 6.

Check Out the Crazy New Music Video Directed By and Starring Peter Serafinowicz

Here's the new video for "Open Your Eyes" by Alex Metric & Steve Angello feat. Ian Brown. It's notable for our purposes because it was directed by and stars Mr. Peter Serafinowicz, and is therefore awesome. I mean, it features Serafinowicz fighting a gigantic robot. What more do you need to hear?

And if you've never seen it before, you really should check out Serafinowicz's video for Hot Chip's "I Feel Better," which is even more insane than this one.

Kyle Kinane Got Pace Salsa to Suspend Their Twitter Account (UPDATE)

Standup Kyle Kinane got into a Twitter war with the account for salsa company Pace Foods over the weekend, and it looks like he won.

After finding that Pace Salsa had favorited a 10-month old tweet of his insulting their product and responded to it with "GRAB THE SOUTHWEST BY THE BOTTLE," Kinane found that Pace's account is set up to automatically fav and have that response to any tweet that mentions their product. Kinane then proceeded to get Pace Salsa to automatically endorse a series of wildly offensive tweets about their product, causing the company to issue an apology over Twitter and beg him to delete the tweets [...]

World's Best Person Builds Functioning Wall-E for World's Best Reason

I know it's summer but it still might be nice to have your heart warmed before the weekend. What a guy this guy is, right guys? I've never even watched Wall-E with a kid and this guy spent thousands of hours building one for a whole bunch of sick kids he's not even related to. How do you even build a robot? Are sprockets involved? Anyway, let's give this dude the Noble Prize for Engineering and Good Dude Being. [Via]

Joss Whedon Wrote a Super Funny Sketch with a Message

"Daphne Zuniga: What equality means to me is that women are given their moment, their chance to stand alone before everyone, with dignity, and to know that no man is going to try to upstage … Evil Robot: [comes on stage, making robot noises] Zuniga: … with dignity… Evil Robot: Evil! Evil! Zuniga: Oh, no. Evil robot from the future. Evil Robot: I am an evil robot from the future! Zuniga: I just said that. Evil Robot: It's my line. And I am an evil robot from the future. Zuniga: What do you want, evil robot? Have you come from the future to destroy humankind? Evil Robot: I come from the future to destroy … Stop saying my lines! I [...]

Left Handed Radio: 'I Remember I Couldn't Sleep'

On this episode: A friendly robot hosts the show for us, the latest in dork coutre, David is nervous to be on a gameshow, new medications to help you be the best asshole you can be, a mother's song to her son, adulthood eludes two thirty-somethings, uninteresting medical advice, and a scoutmaster's song about being a man.

This month's show was written and performed by Adam Bozarth, Dan Chamberlain, Matt Little, Taylor Moore, and Anna Rubanova with special guests Kelly Hudson and Laura Willcox.

All original music by Dan Warren. Check out his podcast, The International House of Dancakes.