The art of the joke is one area where A.I. has particular trouble. A
at Virginia Tech is attempting to instruct neural networks how to recognize basic cartoons and funny clip art, and the results are not encouraging. (Presumably, decoding inscrutable
New Yorker cartoons
is at least a generation away.) Then there's
, pictured above, a stand-up comedian robot developed by the Cognitive Science Research Group at Queen Mary University of London. Its open-mic gig didn't go well, either.
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