‘Joking computer’ to give stand up comedians run for their money!December 10th, 2010 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 10 (ANI): Stand-up comedians beware: The ‘joking computer’ is here - a computer program that creates pun-based gags created at the University of Aberdeen and is sure to give you a run for your money.
Debenhams, the department store, has commissioned the computer science department at the university to come up with jokes for next year’s crackers. It can tell awfully terrible jokes like “What kind of tree is nauseated? A sick-amore.”
The software, known as The Joking Computer, has the capacity to build millions of jokes using a large dictionary of words and simple language rules.
“We were pleased Debenhams appreciated our computer-generated jokes and hope any future collaboration will help bring our work to a wider audience,” the Scotsman quoted , Dr Judith Masthoff, senior lecturer in Aberdeen’s Department of Computing Science, as saying.
“The aim of The Joking Computer is to help children and adults alike to explore language in a unique and fun way.”
“The riddle-style funnies the new software creates are ideal for Christmas crackers, and we hope to work with the University of Aberdeen to include them in ours in the future,” said Debenhams spokesman, Ed Watson.
However, stand-up comic Janey Godley said, “Communication and humour are surely one of the few things that we, as humans, do best. So now we have computers writing the gags for crackers. Maybe they have already taken over the coalition and Cameron and Clegg are just a couple of robots.” (ANI)
- Programme converts sign language into text - Mar 12, 2012
- A software that teaches you how to read - Jul 25, 2011
- Software turns spoken English into 26 languages - Mar 15, 2012
- EMC Data solution to automate government work - May 03, 2012
- Laughter lights up our faces, brains - Jun 29, 2011
- Manish Arora, Narendra Kumar tie up with Debenhams - May 18, 2011
- Math lends cutting edge to special effects in movies - Apr 14, 2010
- Hackers can force a jet's crash, warns British report - Oct 19, 2010
- 'Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum': Uncool show of tasteless humour, bad acting (IANS Hindi Film Review) - Jul 28, 2012
- Mum's heart beats in time with that of her unborn baby - Jul 21, 2010
- Sketch artist software to give criminals a harder time to hide faces - Oct 06, 2009
- 14-year-old Tamil boy enrols for Master of Computer Applications - Dec 27, 2010
- Burke to create charity clothing line - Nov 12, 2011
- 'Anti-grooming' software that detects paedophiles on the net created - Jun 02, 2010
- Computer programme to help witnesses remember criminals - Nov 30, 2009
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,