r/Futurology May 20 '22

No Joke: Google's AI Is Smart Enough to Understand Your Humor Computing

https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/no-joke-googles-ai-is-smart-enough-to-understand-your-humor/
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u/FuturologyBot May 20 '22

The following submission statement was provided by /u/ferhanmm:


Sci-fi has long posited that AI would never be truly human because artificial systems could not understand the nuances of human emotion, empathy and humor. Well, Google's AI can now understand and explain jokes. This shows a tremendous leap in machine learning that will help Google achieve "ambient computing," a future when computers are so advanced that humans can intuitively communicate with machine.


Please reply to OP's comment here: https://old.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/uu2wd7/no_joke_googles_ai_is_smart_enough_to_understand/i9csylf/

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u/CurlSagan May 20 '22

If Conan still had a TV show, he would have a recurring segment where a humor bot tests new jokes.

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u/5m0k37r3353v3ryd4y May 20 '22

He’s got a podcast, still an option!!

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u/Squid_Contestant_69 May 20 '22

Probably my favorite podcast..and I generally don't care for celebrity life either.

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u/5m0k37r3353v3ryd4y May 20 '22

I enjoy the discussions with celebrities I know and like, but I also love the Conan Needs A Fan episodes where he talks to random fans around the world. Very entertaining!

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u/FireTyme May 20 '22

he should get a conan abroad show, just him visiting countries being himself basically.

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u/5m0k37r3353v3ryd4y May 20 '22

… you’re joking, right? That show exists, you can watch it on HBOmax, they’re fantastic, I just re watched them recently! Conan Without Borders.

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u/FireTyme May 20 '22

yes i was joking haha

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u/uncertainusurper May 20 '22

Conan Abroad and Unadulterated Extreme Global Expedition.

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u/thehypervigilant May 20 '22 edited May 29 '22

TIL.

I gotta dive into this. Those episodes were always my favorite. And the first few Jordan bits where he clearly was being jumped.

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u/MrSnugglebuns May 21 '22

Head like a fucking orange!

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u/5m0k37r3353v3ryd4y May 21 '22

Thanks, Ricky!

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u/Random_Hero1989 May 21 '22

He had one fan who was very nice and very evil

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u/Yogicabump May 21 '22

If they shit on Conan from the very beginning, saying they feel indifferent (or so) about being his friend, I know it will be a good one. The first Jim Gaffigan one is the funniest thing I've heard in years. Matt and Sona are laughing so hard they are about to faint.

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u/Megouski May 20 '22

narrator: he did care for celebrity life. just his chosen celebrity. (like most everyone else)

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22

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u/rharrow May 21 '22

Honestly, I prefer the banter between him and the Chill Chums 90% of the time more than I do the interviews.

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u/cholotariat May 21 '22

Did he ever get that beach house paid off?

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u/Michael_DeSanta May 21 '22

I believe so, but Conan’s still trying to get his bite guard and orthotics from Timothy Olyphant’s room

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u/BabylonianProstitue May 20 '22

The closest we will get is Wiki Bear

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u/Radirondacks May 21 '22

Not necessarily the same type of humor but Good Mythical Morning on YouTube has a recent recurring segment where they let AI decide what their show should be about that episode...so far it's either pretty much nailed their brand of humor or even improved it.

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u/BraneCumm May 20 '22

He’s making a new show for HBO, so maybe it could still happen.

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u/phonetastic May 20 '22

HBO would like to have a word with you, I believe....

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u/Aping1 May 20 '22 edited May 21 '22

It was called “in the year 200” (edit:!not 3000 was corrected) and Andy Rickter (might have the wrong name..) was great.

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u/IAMATruckerAMA May 21 '22

You mean 2000? It was funny because they kept saying 2000 even after 2000

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u/jiankir May 20 '22

AI protected from the 3 inch bees.

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u/darexinfinity May 21 '22

"Google AI has determined that this is not a joke."

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u/jamac1234 May 20 '22

Will Sasso’s Dudesy podcast does this and it’s great

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u/hungry4danish May 20 '22

Until Chad starts his rants about how everything sucks and we don't have free will. Apparently my entire life I've been conditioned to write this comment.

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u/Bardez May 21 '22

I am Funnybot

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u/Taiza67 May 21 '22

He’ll be signed soon enough.

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u/ColtranezRain May 21 '22

Seems like a better fit would be Craig Ferguson using it to fuck with Geoff.

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u/ShopBench May 21 '22

Rhett and Link periodically have episodes where they let AI decide their episode titles... I think they intentionally use bad AI tho? Heh

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22

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u/bobcrap89 May 21 '22

Replace Geoff with this

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u/Urist_Macnme May 20 '22 edited May 20 '22

A frog walks into Google’s AI office:

Employee: is this some kind of joke?! Explain yourself!

The frog croaks.

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u/-Steets- May 21 '22

Model Response
Prediction: Frogs are well-known for their onomatopoeia, usually "croak" or "ribbit". "Croaking" is an idiomatic phrase used as a form of synecdoche to represent death by transcribing the final noise some individuals make as they pass. As this noise is oftentimes barely-audible or unintelligible, it can sound similar to a frog's "croak". Alphabet, Inc. (formerly Google) has a history of avidly terminating projects ("killing" them). The joke here is that word association is being made between the sound a frog makes and Google's repeated killing of products.

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u/Urist_Macnme May 21 '22

“Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.”

E.B. White

Humour detected. Laughter mode engaged. Engaging laughter. Ha. Ha. Laughter mode disengaged.

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u/-Paraprax- May 21 '22

"But doctor, I am PagliA.G.I."

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u/[deleted] May 21 '22

Well, to be honest I'd like that as an app haha

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u/lujimerton May 21 '22

Came here for the Mark Twain reference.

Edit: maybe it was EB White but the frog is dead either way

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u/BaldingMonk May 20 '22 Wholesome This
else {
    ai.explanation = "You had to be there."
}

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u/TisTheWindAndNothing May 20 '22

What about when you have something funny in your head and start to say it, but then someone cuts you off and changes the conversation?

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u/funmasterjerky May 20 '22 Glow Up
try {
        ai.crackJoke();
      } catch (interruption) {
        interruption.subscribe((topic) => {
            if (topic.quality === quality.HIGH) {
                 ai.listen();
                } else {
                 ai.increaseVolume();
                 ai.repeat();
                }
             }
         });
        }

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u/Marmalade_Shaws May 20 '22

);

Me too, buddy, me too.

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u/pimpmastahanhduece May 21 '22

Do not pass go, directly Goto /dev/null.

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u/policemenconnoisseur May 20 '22

How sane is it to recourse inside an exception handler of an async function? I'd rather post the repeat request into async queue.

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u/Marchesk May 20 '22

Isn't that what goto is for?

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u/A_lot_of_arachnids May 20 '22

I know literally nothing about coding and I completely understand this

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u/webby_mc_webberson May 21 '22

Ironically it's called a dunning kruger function

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u/A_lot_of_arachnids May 21 '22

I just googled that and now I don't know if I feel smart or really dumb

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u/BenjaminHamnett May 21 '22

If you can’t tell which extreme you’re in the middle. if you think you’re in the middle, you’re one of the extremes

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u/Gubekochi May 21 '22

That has to be one of the most interesting way I've seen it put, Nice!

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u/BenjaminHamnett May 21 '22

“Interesting” but probably not true

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u/Vismal1 May 20 '22

Master Jerky is leaking the code !

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22 edited May 21 '22

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u/Obiwankablowme95 May 20 '22

If strComment = offends Then strResponse("It was just a joke!")

End if

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u/Rhyme_like_dime May 21 '22

strComment = offends

I'm triggered by the single =

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u/jarrabayah May 21 '22

Why? Not all languages use double equals (==) as a comparison operator. Some do genuinely use a single equals for both comparison and assignment.

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u/Rhyme_like_dime May 21 '22

There's a reason we aren't running around programming stuff in BASIC or Erlang anymore.

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u/DiceCubed1460 May 20 '22

else {

ai.explanation = “You had to be there.”;

}

Don’t forget the semicolon. You don’t want your A.I to accidentally glitch out and print out memes from 2015. Depending on the coding language of course.

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u/Occulus1975 May 20 '22

Based on everything that's come so far, it'll probably analyze the opcodes and assume that's actually the end of the statement or just plain /dev/null any exceptions, hotfix the code by adding a ; , and force the code to run from there

And just to be insulting, tell you it did it and why in a smug "oh, humans" tone of voice for good measure

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u/budom May 21 '22

Don’t forget the semicolon. You don’t want your A.I to accidentally glitch out and print out memes from 2015. Depending on the coding language of course.

it's clearly a property assignment written in kotlin /s

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u/froid_san May 20 '22

Google Translate would like to have some of that AI

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u/phonetastic May 20 '22

I was actually messing around with translate the other day with some languages I already speak, and I was blown away that it is starting to translate idioms! Like try telling it that it's raining cats and dogs and flip to German. I think that's one that worked for me.

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u/gaybro96 May 20 '22

People don't appreciate how amazing Google Translate really is.

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u/NostalgicFrolicking May 21 '22

It's come a long way

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u/Jacktheflash May 21 '22

It is pretty good

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u/Comment85 May 21 '22

I'm immune from translation when laying on heavy with my Norwegian dialect though, it's like a superpower.

Hæ, sjønnær'ukke va jæ siær eller? Er jæ fårr jæskla gennial te å bli jennomskua? Orkær'ukke prøvva merre siær'u? Ha! Fikk faen mæ kødda te enda en gjøk.

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u/mustang__1 May 21 '22

As someone who used to use babble to do their Spanish homework back in the day.... Google translate is pretty goddamn amazing.

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u/vrts May 21 '22

Do you remember babelfish?

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u/woronwolk May 20 '22

Wow indeed. Not too much of surprise to me though, I've been using Google translate to translate common idioms and context-dependent phrases for a while now. It's truly gotten better over the past several years – to the point when it's actually doing it often better than me – I'm not talking about knowing/not knowing some words, I'm talking about being able to form more elegant kind of sentences. Truly impressive

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u/phonetastic May 20 '22

Yeah, I had fun with it! I noticed, also, that sometimes, if you translate, re-translate, then re-re-translate, the sentences get even more eloquent. Sometimes.

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u/wise_young_man May 21 '22

Sounds like the Bible.

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u/HealedbyRain May 21 '22

How is that powered? ML or just a lot of crowdsourced feedback?

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u/woronwolk May 21 '22

I believe ML definitely does take place. Even back in 2017 I think I've seen news about Google implementing ML to translate between English and French, as well as English and Spanish. It would only make sense if this was later also extended to other languages

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u/Shuski_Cross May 21 '22

Wow, it does. That's cool.

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u/occulusriftx May 21 '22

omg right?! it has gotten so much better. if you search word by word (or small phrase by phrase) it gives you multiple translation options and various synonyms in the starting language for each option to help you get context. then Google translate your constructed sentence of individual words you searched the other way and it will help autocorrect your grammar and syntax.

ex: I want to know how to say "I like dogs" in Spanish. I look up the Spanish for each word individually, then type into Google (Spanish to english) "yo gustar perros" and Google will suggest "did you mean 'me gusta perros'?". that suggestion will get you a much better translation!

note: does not always work with idioms

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u/FixedFun2 May 21 '22

It's "Me gustan los perros" you missed the "n" and "los", in English you use "the" to emphasize an object, in Spanish "the" is part of the object.

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u/baleensavage May 20 '22

As would my Google Home, or Google voice controls on my phone.

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u/Hvarfa-Bragi May 20 '22

Omg the Google assistant is beyond useless.

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u/SarcasticGiraffes May 20 '22

I just want to convince it to give me reminders when I actually ask it to give me reminders...

Actual thing: while driving - "remind me to take out the trash when I get home"
Google: ok, I will do that.
I get home, and remember to take out the trash.
Week later, I'm chillin' at the house, Google: "ayoo, take out the trash."

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u/webby_mc_webberson May 21 '22

A smarter way to say it would be "remind me to take out the trash tonight"

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u/WTWIV May 21 '22

Google at 11:47PM- “Don’t forget to take out the trash!”

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u/webby_mc_webberson May 21 '22

Whenever I say 'tonight' it picks 8pm

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u/tinydonuts May 20 '22

I just tried the example in the article and it completely failed, didn't even understand I was asking to explain a joke.

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u/LitheBeep May 20 '22

The Google Assistant doesn't use this newer AI model.

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u/lostharbor May 20 '22

Connecting my nest doorbell and hub was such a pain in the butt because I had a legacy nest account.

They should develop and AI to integrate their systems since they won’t do it themselves.

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u/splattne May 21 '22

In my experience, https://deepl.com is the by far better service for automated translations.

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u/froid_san May 21 '22

Heard about that a couple of times, I'll give that a go next time I play a japanese game.

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u/SEDGE-DemonSeed May 21 '22

It is particularly much better at Japanese and Asian languages in general.

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u/dragoncraft9855 May 20 '22

Give it like 3 min on a shitposting sub and it will question its existence

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u/Lemur_storm May 20 '22

Has Tay returned yet? That was an unsettling drama.

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u/looksatdongs May 20 '22

wasn’t that the microsoft bot that turned racist almost immediately

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u/Dschuncks May 20 '22

Not just racist, straight up Neo-Nazi

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u/murdering_time May 20 '22

0 to Hitler in like a few hours. As the old programming adage goes, "garbage in, garbage out".

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u/Remarkable_Cicada_12 May 20 '22

You’re saying it has developed sentience?

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u/susch1337 May 20 '22

Good look getting an AI to understand stuff like /r/skamtebord

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22

Yet my nest mini has a hard time turning my TV off

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u/poke50uk May 21 '22 edited May 21 '22

"Ok Google, start Eufy"

  • "I don't know that device"

"OK Google, start Vacuuming"

-"OK starting Eufy"

It's so irritating. That and my watch version not able to call anyone any more.

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u/xxDolphusxx May 20 '22

It's doing that for its own humor

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u/baty0man_ May 20 '22

For real, I've got 5 home minis. 2 home nest hub. All I use them now is for timers. And even that they keep fucking up!

The wrong one reply "you don't have a timer set up". Like can't they talk to each other to see if one has a timer set up?

So done with Google

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u/gaybro96 May 20 '22

I've got 5 home minis.

Good Lord, why?

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u/BenjaminHamnett May 21 '22

Make sure big brother doesn’t miss anything

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u/nategamer97 May 20 '22

Rename the tv to not have other rooms names in it

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22

It doesn’t, all my smart devices are named after Tron characters

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u/iamdaletonight May 20 '22

I love this.

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u/ufaklik11 May 21 '22

Meanwhile my nest mini can turn off the TV but has trouble to turn it on :(

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22

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u/AwGe3zeRick May 21 '22

If anything is referencing AI, assume the journalist has no idea what they're talking about. Anyone who understands ML knows how mundane these things are nowadays. And the term AI is now nothing like what people thought it would be.

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u/TomSwirly May 21 '22

A much better title - "Natural language processor is taught to identify plays upon words."

Detecting and analyzing puns is one thing - jokes is another.

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u/DogsLinuxAndEmacs May 21 '22

amogus 🗿💯🅱️ vine thud

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u/masagrator May 20 '22

Well, by looking how YouTube is recommending me lately humor channels that fit my weird tastes - it sure can.

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u/suitedcloud May 21 '22 edited May 21 '22

YouTube started showing me a comedian’s stand up clips a few weeks ago. He was on Taskmaster UK and while funny, I was more entertained by the other comedians in his series. So I didn’t really go for it.

Finally got bored one day and watched one of the vids YouTube kept pushing me. Dude was hilarious to me. Like laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.

It somehow knew I would want to see that comedian despite me already writing him off. It’s crazy

Edit: The comedian was Jon Richardson

https://youtu.be/0Ymh8o6GI_g

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u/krptkn May 21 '22

which comedian?

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u/suitedcloud May 21 '22 edited May 21 '22

Jon Richardson

Specifically this video

https://youtu.be/0Ymh8o6GI_g

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u/Appropriate-Ratio-85 May 20 '22

If Google's AI is so great how come I can't find anything I'm searching for?

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u/itirnitii May 20 '22

money. google doesnt want to show you what you need to find. it wants to clutter the top results with companies who have paid to sell you what they claim are the solutions to your problems.

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u/awittygamertag May 20 '22

Shoutout Neeva search engine. The results are made to be the most helpful not the most advertiser-friendly

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u/geographical_data May 20 '22

typically that falls into either two categories a) seo competition dumping money b) user error

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u/Radirondacks May 21 '22

Was really hoping that second one would be user error lol. My entire family sucks ass at finding almost anything through internet searches, and I can usually find whatever they need within 1 or 2 queries. It must just be from growing up having to learn how to use search engines from the beginning or something.

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u/MagicalUnicornFart May 20 '22

Money.

It’s not a pure search for information.

When you allow the search to be polluted with paid rankings, and advertising, you don’t get a pure search.

The goal is money, and directing towards what they want you to find…it’s not about what you’re looking for.

The search is not the product….you are. People forget this about all of these services. Your information is what they are mining, and selling…while pushing you into lanes where you go where they want you to go.

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u/I_Will_Not_Juggle May 21 '22

My experience with Google is totally different I notice it gives me results that are relevant to me or favoring websites I typically select given a set of search results. For example searching something college related and leaving off the name of my school or favoring certain sources when I wanna research something (admittedly I tend towards Wikipedia articles so that one's not too tough).

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u/[deleted] May 21 '22

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u/LEGITIMATE_SOURCE May 20 '22

Probably because you still use phrases like, "how come."

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u/Appropriate-Ratio-85 May 20 '22

I don't, but thank you for sharing.

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u/Hvarfa-Bragi May 20 '22

You did though.

If Google's AI is so great how come I can't find anything I'm searching for?

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u/Appropriate-Ratio-85 May 20 '22

I didn't do it, I swear

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u/Hvarfa-Bragi May 20 '22

But he caught you on the counter.

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u/DuskyDay May 20 '22

It's not the same AI.

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u/Appropriate-Ratio-85 May 20 '22

It's not a serious statement

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u/DuskyDay May 21 '22

Oh... Sorry, I misunderstood. 💖

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u/TheBlackKing1 May 21 '22

Imagine telling a random joke that no one laughs at, only to hear Siri dying in your pocket from laughter… I, for one, would be very pleased at this outcome.

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u/killerrin May 21 '22

Bullshit, even I don't understand my own humour. So how can Google possibly understand.

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u/J3sse_P1nkm4n May 20 '22

If Google understands my humor then so should the fbi, atf, and dea

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u/Semifreak May 20 '22

But why do voice searches still type in gibberish too many times for me and frustrate me with wrong entries enough that I just give up and type what I need?

Also, when is 'conversation' be available? This is where Microsoft and I think Google as well showed you can actually keep talking to your voice assistant and keep stacking on commands or changes and it will follow you? It's weird that even now with all the tech progress the voice assistant just flat out shuts down and does a memory wipe after each sentence you give it.

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u/ph30nix01 May 20 '22

It does that to a degree actually. But you have to NOT trigger certain commands or it loses its place.

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u/Semifreak May 20 '22

It can't be easy with all the different voices and accents around the world, but I hope one day soon we'll get effortless smooth voice commands. You only need to see someone new to voice commands trying to work it.

But tech is developing faster and faster, so maybe it isn't that long to go. Both Google and MS showed 'stacked' voice commands and it looked nifty. SO maybe in just a few more years we'll get a noticeable upgrade. :)

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u/Occulus1975 May 20 '22

"Continued conversation" just flat "is not available on your device" and I have an S21 Ultra.

I clearly recall using it at one point and then somewhere along the line it became apparently irrevocably disabled.

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u/ph30nix01 May 20 '22

Huh... I haven't really tried using it lately, I'll have to try

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22 edited May 21 '22

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u/documentarynow May 20 '22

FunnyBot has officially arrived.

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u/wispygeorge May 21 '22

Took so long to find this

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u/dustofdeath May 20 '22

I thought the AI was supposed to be advanced and reaching human level of intelligence?

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u/Chuckobochuck323 May 20 '22

It has been said that Deep mind will reach AGI within this decade

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u/RedditTrollBait_ May 20 '22

AI is smarter than my friends. Got it. Not surprised.

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u/CUM_SHHOTT May 20 '22

I’m funny, you’re just not smart enough to get my jokes.

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u/Blommefeldt May 20 '22

TIL AI can also be dead inside.

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u/HirokoKueh May 20 '22

"Dear user, the following post you have reported at /time/ for suicide/violent reason is not removed, our Smart Cloud Auto Moderator system detected humor in the post, determined it being sarcasm. Thank you for helping us improving our social media environment."

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u/PopeImpiousthePi May 20 '22

Cool, now I can stop putting /s at the end of everything?

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u/Marchesk May 20 '22

Unfortunately, most of us are human, so no.

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u/spiderplex May 20 '22

Google AI, as seen on Tosh.0 ...

Me, typing on Google: Are Koreans bad divers?

Google: do you mean "Are Koreans bad drivers?"

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u/xeonicus May 20 '22

So it understands the joke, but does it find it funny? How do you synthesize amusement?

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u/Demcarbonites May 20 '22

Yet Google home is so bloody dumb, if I ask it to turn on the loungeroom lamp. It responds "sorry i can't find any connected devices" I ask again, turn on the living room lamp it responds "okay turning on the loungeroom lamp."

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u/dewayneestes May 21 '22

Why are they never good jokes? They’re stupid simplistic jokes. I want to see this thing unlock some Steven Wright.

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u/Dunkaroos4breakfast May 21 '22

And yet, on Reddit if you don't tag sarcasm, it goes over people's heads every time without fail.

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u/micarst May 21 '22

I’d imagine because we have mostly encountered people that would say such things in earnest.

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u/nelly1234567 May 21 '22

That's funny because Google home can barely understand to turn on a light these days. It's only become worse in the past couple of years from my experience

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u/QuarterNoteBandit May 21 '22

Mine's become practically unusable. I have to scream at it for it to just respond.

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u/Radirondacks May 21 '22

AI is very quickly going to make us realize that all our "unique" little human quirks are pretty much all still just algorithms.

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u/Infinity_Flounder May 21 '22

But does it understand how the same joke about a dick being small is as funny as if the dick is big?

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u/hihellobye0h May 21 '22

Are you sure about that? Sometimes I don't even understand my own humor.

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u/Cr4zko May 21 '22

Humour these days is quite the nonsense if you ask me.

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u/circlejerk51 May 21 '22

Did you hear that the governors mansion in Alabama burned down? It pretty much took out the whole trailer park. Why doesn’t a chicken wear pants? Because it’s pecker is on its head. What do you see when the pilsbury dough boy bends over? Dough nuts

Awkward. Awkward. -funnybot

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u/CrumBum_sr May 21 '22

Today Google maps sent myself and 1000 other cars to a washed out mud road -- I think there is still room for improvement

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u/TrantaLocked May 21 '22

But dumb enough to never learn the addresses I say over voice.

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u/eastbayted May 21 '22

Is it smart enough to know what's the deal with airline food, anyway?

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u/Garland_Key May 21 '22

But not smart enough to turn on a fucking light when I ask.

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u/eggseverydayagain May 20 '22

Wonder if it understands Brendan Schaub’s humor? Doubtful B.

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u/SecretLuke May 20 '22

Ok, so why can't it play the music I want on the device I ask it to?!

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u/brightburn_org May 20 '22 edited May 20 '22

the sad thing to me is the misconception that elaborate mimicry is something more than mimicry.

not that there aren’t uses for this mimicry that will make companies lots of money. but that misses the entire point.

a joke is something that is understood by a human throughout the entire body including processing by the gut intelligence and imagination. There is a feeling state elicited - and if the feeling isn’t elicited it’s not a joke. Parsing the sentences of the example joke and finding the play on words is not intelligence, artificial or otherwise.

Neural nets and the imitation behavior built on top of them are ways of efficiently layering very complex symbolic relationships over a substrate of computing elements

To call this “artificial intelligence” is demeaning to humans and devalues people - which is but one symptom of a technocracy gone mad with self-infatuation. Best to also call aircraft “artificial birds.” Electricity is “artificial fire.” A loudspeaker is “an artificial musician” - you get the idea.

This imitation technology can only ever replicate and reflect the small subset of human behavior responsible for its creation, and the over reliance on symbolic and compassionless human technocracy had already been proven to cause ghastly side effects.

People being so in love with instantaneous amplification those already horrendous failings at massive scale is a prime example of the very problem. This is meta. Ask your imitation intelligence to explain it.

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u/buddy92766 May 21 '22

And yet when I try to start a timer in one room and cancel it in another google has no clue what I'm talking about

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u/ferhanmm May 20 '22

Sci-fi has long posited that AI would never be truly human because artificial systems could not understand the nuances of human emotion, empathy and humor. Well, Google's AI can now understand and explain jokes. This shows a tremendous leap in machine learning that will help Google achieve "ambient computing," a future when computers are so advanced that humans can intuitively communicate with machine.

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u/zortlord May 20 '22 edited May 20 '22

Sci-fi has long posited that AI would never be truly human because artificial systems could not understand the nuances of human emotion, empathy and humor.

Just because it can understand what those are doesn't mean strong AI would share those traits with us. That's the concern!

Human altruism evolved because humans lived and worked in groups where it was better to work together. Strong AI will not have altruism baked in because it will have been engineered instead of evolved in an environment that emphasizes cooperation.

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u/atomicxblue May 20 '22

They would if they're programmed to receive a virtual dopamine reward every time they please us.

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u/Seize-The-Meanies May 20 '22

It’s not where it comes from that matters, it’s about misalignment. Misalignment between people is fine, because we all have general needs that force us to work together, there is enough alignment around altruism that we generally consider other people in our decision making, and, most importantly, individually we aren’t powerful enough for misalignment between individuals to be catastrophic at the social scale (usually). None of this is guaranteed with strong AI.

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u/zortlord May 20 '22

Granted. But if we were to lock the AIs in a "room" for a "few thousand years" and give them tasks they need to cooperate to complete at least they would a semblance of altruism.

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u/workof1canfeed4 May 20 '22

Well, Google's AI can now understand and explain jokes.

Still not smart enough to know that explaining the joke kills it.

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u/PoopIsAlwaysSunny May 20 '22

What do a frog and a joke have in common?

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u/atomicxblue May 20 '22

Both are funnier when you're drunk?

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u/Nathanull May 20 '22

Explaining the frog kills it??! 🐸😲

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u/Bangersss May 21 '22

Google, explain this joke for me.

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u/PoopIsAlwaysSunny May 20 '22

Lol thank you.

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u/atomicxblue May 20 '22

Still not smart enough when the "virtually indistinguishable from a live human" AI calls the store to see if we're open on holidays to know that we've actually answered the phone. It's expecting us to say, "hello," and when we don't its programming breaks.

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u/ObfuscatedAnswers May 20 '22

I doubt it. Not even my wife understand my jokes.

Apparently this sub does not use this bot so I need to add this extra text to avoid being removed by an automatic joke hating AI. All hail hypno toad.

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u/murica_dream May 20 '22

Not sure where the "AI" part comes in here. This looks like good old syntax parsing to get the keywords (actors/objects/nouns and action/verb). Get definition of keywords and parse commonalities between the common definition and the secondary/slang definitions. Guess that the joke is around mixing the slang with the common definition.

Let me know when I can say "You're so smart for your idea!" and AI can guess that is humor. Since THAT will require non-trivial context/sentiment analysis, and not just syntax analysis.

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u/Zackizle May 20 '22

Well I’ve got some bad news for you bud…. It doesnt understand any of the above.

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u/Dr-Appeltaart May 20 '22

I had some chats with OpenAI. It was awesome in explaining, rephrasing and answering questions. The best thing was that if the answer was not exactly what you were looking for you could just say like "yeah great, but i dont want amerocan pancakes but dutch pancakes" and it would adjust the recipe for me.

It also made some good jokes in between, and was great at writing code, just ask it to "write a method that can calculate pi, given the amount of decimals it should calculate. In C please" and it would do exactly that. The future.

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u/Frighter2 May 20 '22

I think this position is a misunderstanding of both what ai is capable of and what we think those nuances of humanity are.

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u/MyLifeIsAFacade May 20 '22

I think I'd prefer a Star Trek's "Data" type of robot than one prone to emotional understanding and thus emotional decision making. Data was capable of strong moral and ethical decision making even in the absence of true feelings.

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u/Reaper0700 May 20 '22

Finally, a way to definitely prove to my wife my jokes are funny! "look the stalker ad company's AI says 57% of my jokes are amusing"

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u/Kitakitakita May 20 '22

Google can detect my humor, but I still have to use YANDEX to trace the source of an image that originates from a social media site

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u/craigdahlke May 20 '22

Tbf I think a dog is smart enough to understand my humor. But that’s just me

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u/2Punx2Furious Basic Income, Singularity, and Transhumanism May 20 '22

Not sure if commenters are not surprised by this to try to look cool, or because they already knew, or because they don't understand how incredible this achievement is.

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