Artificial Intelligence Can Now Craft Original Jokes—And That’s No Laughing Matter | Time Magazine

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Jon, advertised as a comedic act, is the invention of Naomi Fitter, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. When a controller clicks a button, the little robot acts, telling the very same jokes in the same sequence as a seasoned comic in a low-rent Vegas casino. However, the robot’s behavior is more human than it appears. Jon is studying how to react to its crowd; it can now adjust the pace of its performance depending on the length of the viewer’s laughter and attach alternative answers to jokes dependent on the noise volume of the room. 



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