Telegraph- The machine, which has been created by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, was designed to generate its own witty one-liners following a simple set of rules. The system was programmed to exploit one of the most successful and popular components of comedy, where a statement is followed up with a surprising comment. However, like some of its human predecessors, the computerised comedian has developed a rather politically incorrect approach to humour – the jokes it produces can be rather sexist. It most commonly came up with jokes comparing men or women with another object, like: “I like my women like I like my gas … natural.” While some could have rivalled a human comedian for generating a wry smile, others worked less well. One joke that did not work so well was: “I like my men like I like my court … superior.”
Well it’s been a good run. We tried to fend it off for as long as we could but when our computers start coming up with sexist jokes on their own it’s only a matter of time before Skynet/The Machines/Other take over the world. Comedy was the final frontier and now the end is nigh. Is this groundbreaking stuff? Not especially. But just like any other kind of technology it’s only a matter of time before we train these machines to do things that used to only be possible in our wildest dreams. It’s like telling Alexander Graham Bell that one day we’d be carrying his invention in our pockets at all times and never actually use it to talk to people. It sounds absolutely absurd until it becomes reality. I’m giving it 6 months before Prez buys ten of these to replace the entire blogging staff, a year before every possible Top X list in existence is made, and two years until they chain us to chairs in auditoriums across the country and begin to harvest our laughs for energy. Sort of like Monsters Inc. except we’re all slaves.