A friend of ours is a comedy writer.
He always says that writing jokes isn’t easy. We keep telling him that he would have more free time if scientists would invent a robot that could write jokes.
He insisted that there was no way a machine could write something that was as funny as what a person could write. Web Watch tried not to point out how horrible some so-called sitcoms are, or how repetitive certain late-night talk show host monologues have become.
And then along comes the JOKE WRITING COMPUTER.
Scientists have created a joke-writing computer program. They broked the basics of most jokes down to a very simple equation, and the computer program will select the appropriate words and phrases from its vast dictionary of funny-sounding words to make up jokes on the fly.
Granted, 99% of the jokes aren’t very funny – but there is potential.
The process is simple:
- Select a type of joke, and choose appropriate words for that joke type
- Phrase the joke in the form of a question, supply the appropriate answer
- What kind of tree is nauseated? A sick-amore
- What do you get when you cross a frog with a road? A main toad.
- What do you call a washing machine with a september? An autumn-atic washer
Hey, Web Watch didn’t say these were good jokes. Just that these were the better ones the computer came up with on its own.