Fireside Chats with Mike Williams – September 2015

Until recently, jokes were reserved for humans. Microsoft, In an effort with The New Yorker, has taught a robot to recognize humor. Re­searchers have fed a robot enough cartoons from The New Yorker to pick out the funny ones. Every month this column shines a light on the technology of our future- this month’s Fireside Chats is on Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence that has a sense of humor.

Every week Since 2005, The New Yorker publishes a cartoon that’s missing a caption. Readers submit their funniest caption in an at­tempt to win the contest. The entries are reviewed and the winner’s caption is printed in the following weeks issue. The contest has be­come very popular and draws about 5000 submissions every week.

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http://www.newyorker.com/cartoons

 

Microsoft has taught the robot The New Yorker’s specific brand of humor to reduce the weekly workload of The New Yorker’s staff. Re­searchers fed an archive of The New Yorker cartoons to a robot in an effort to teach it to detect humor. Microsoft’s robot still has a lot to learn, but all of the human editors top picks appeared in the top 55.8% of the robot’s choices. This alone would cut down the work of a human editor by nearly a half.

Teaching artificial intelligence to understand humor is an important step towards a better experience when interacting with robots, com­puters or digital assistants like Siri or Cortana. Humor in some form is universally enjoyed- hopefully these robots are hilarious.

 

 

 

References

http://fortune.com/2015/08/10/ai-new-yorker/

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-and-the-new-yorker-are-teaching-humor-to-robot-2015-8

http://businessetc.thejournal.ie/robots-taught-humour-2264537-Aug2015/

Fireside Chats with Mike Williams – September 2015