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No AI in humor: R2-D2 walks into a bar, doesn't get the joke

1 year 6 months 16 hours ago Sunday, March 31 2019 Mar 31, 2019 March 31, 2019 8:35 AM March 31, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alexa and Siri can tell jokes mined from a humor database, but they just don't get them.

Linguists and computer scientists say that's something to consider on April Fools' Day: Humor is what makes humans special. When experts try to teach machines what's funny, the results are at times laughable but not quite in the way intended.

Humor is all about context, life experiences and timing - stuff that is not easy for computers.

But computer scientist and stand-up comic Allison Bishop says the good news is that it gives comedians job security.

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