Can computers create humor?

Graeme D Ritchie

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Despite the fact that AI has always been adventurous in trying to elucidate complex aspects of human behavior, only recently has there been research into computational modeling of humor. One obstacle to progress is the lack of a precise and detailed theory of how humor operates. Nevertheless, since the early 1990s, there have been a number of small programs that create simple verbal humor, and more recently there have been studies of the automatic classification of the humorous status of texts. In addition, there are a number of advocates of the practical uses of computational humor: in user interfaces, in education, and in advertising. Computer-generated humor is still quite basic, but it could be viewed as a form of exploratory creativity. For computational humor to improve, some hard problems in AI will have to be addressed. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-81
Number of pages11
JournalAI Magazine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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