Will AI ever be able to make a joke?

Or who wants an AI like that annoying coworker?

David O.
5 min readMay 18, 2018

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Source: somewhere on the internet

Not too long ago I made a post that simplified what AI is for people who are not so acquainted with tech. If you missed it, it’s here (also a locked post). This is a step further in the discourse.

There is too much hype about the future with a fully developed AI. It is said that AI will transform work as we know it. I agree with that wholeheartedly! What I disagree with is the way they say it will make people redundant. If we designed a system to make our lives easier, better, more efficient and more productive, how could we possibly be on the losing end of it? I’ll write a discourse about the future of work later, but today I want to begin with something that remains a mystery in the development of AI. You won’t believe it — jokes! AI still can’t make jokes by itself.

There was an incident last year on Good Morning Britain where a robot made a joke (see it here). But you can tell it was premeditated. And of course, they had to stay in a particular line of questions for the system to keep flowing. But seriously, why can’t AI make a joke? I believe the answer is just as simple; because it is AI! From the post tagged earlier, I explained in a very simple manner AI, machine learning, deep learning, big data. The system learns to think from data. It is…

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David O.

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