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Is AI Ready For Improv Comedy?

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The University of Alberta has a lot going for it. It’s pretty. And it’s home to many an eccentric and clever inventor, like Kory Mathewson. Kory is an A.I researcher who comes with a side-kick, a robot that does improv comedy. In this Hello World video, Bloomberg Businessweek's Ashlee Vance goes in search of the humorous side of artificial intelligence. ---------- Hello World is a Webby and Emmy-nominated video series from Bloomberg that invites the viewer to come on a journey across the globe to find the inventors, scientists and technologists shaping our future. Join journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance on a quest to find the freshest, weirdest tech creations and the beautiful freaks behind them. Watch more Hello World episodes: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/20... Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Bloomberg?sub_... Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more: http://www.bloomberg.com Connect with us on... Twitter: https://twitter.com/business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloombergbus... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bloombergbu...
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Blake Adams (3 days ago)
Blueberry already HAS turned Kory into a human puppet. Kory's as effective at programming consciousness as Blueberry is at realizing it.
ammarkov (7 days ago)
nunchaku101 (8 days ago)
These robots are not nice or cute or sweet, This is part of the NWO transhumanist agenda.
Maliken (8 days ago)
"redrum franklin.. redrumm." "your friends will betray you Franklin"
Jiro Conwi (8 days ago)
Why are there pre fabricated response in the code? That's crap.
Eric Tan (8 days ago)
skratta du flörlar du!
clayton Van kuyl (8 days ago)
oh god, when they said improv I knew it was going to be terrible
Ragmathgul (8 days ago)
I never laughed, except at the confidence of these brainlets.
zdrijne (8 days ago)
Humor needs to be offensive in order to be worthwhile. Guess what, they'll take this robot to a shooting range the minute it spews something that's actually on point.
Luuk K (8 days ago)
Should've called it funnybot
l1t7l3ph0o7 (8 days ago)
the robot is an NAO built by aldebaron robotics, for the purposes of creating AI with empathy. why does the title say it was designed to make people laugh, and no mention of the company that makes it?
Luka Paunović (8 days ago)
This is robot Nao
W C (8 days ago)
I think even a 16 year old Stacy from Tinder is funnier than this robot
Jero Tamayo (8 days ago)
Scott Woloshin (8 days ago)
I had the chance to work a bit with Kory many years ago doing improv, and I've gotta say this thing looks very cool! He's a great guy, and this tech will only keep developing from here, but such an interesting way to combine two of his interests in doing improv and computer science! Way to be man!
WulfCry (8 days ago)
Hilarious good and interesting.
Mayur Aggarwal (8 days ago)
When you stay in college too long
TonyQuackston (8 days ago)
I get that Kory thinks his enthusiastic talking and charisma can fill the gap and make up for the fact that this is really just Siri inside a store-bought robot toy and _not_ A.I., but I'm just not buying any of this b.s. of it doing stand-up or possessing any level of intelligence: Blueberry's responses are mostly off because it's not really intelligent or conscious at all. Making it quote lines from movies is a neat way to make it seem more relatable and aware of phrasing and culture, but that's really just a sort of a randomized text-to-speech algorithm coupled with voice recognition capabilities. Putting this voice inside a moving plastic robot makes it seem real to anybody who doesn't understand computers or A.I. But it's not A.I. and it's nothing new.
Chris urquhart (8 days ago)
I mean they never claim any of that, they were very upfront about what it does.
totally incoherent gibberish.. it isn't intelligent, it isn't funny, it isn't artificial "intelligence".. you may laugh once in a 100 or 1000 tries because COINCIDENTALLY it says something that's kinda related, witty or unexpected, but it surely doesn't do so on purpose, like a human would.. and that's how you get a phd nowadays, wow
faiz ali (8 days ago)
Bboynaughtylegs (8 days ago)
*I am funny bot* What is the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman? Snowballs. Awkarddd
Zach Jordan (8 days ago)
Younger nick cage? Is that you?
Stilz Games (8 days ago)
n0rmal-iwnl- (8 days ago)
negro humor
Marek Kolenda (8 days ago)
G7 could reduce spending on NATO programs because Trump tariffs sanctions.
MGTOW__MONERO__XMR (8 days ago)
I want one that wipes my ass
Hail Xenu (8 days ago)
I haven't cringed so hard since Hanson robotics
Riyaz patan (8 days ago)
I appreciate this guy's knowledge but one particular thing I want to say is.. don't create emotional intelligence to machines.. its OK to have robots around us without emotional intelligence ..but emotional intelligence in a machine will lead to a path of human destruction....!
sachin andrews (7 days ago)
Agree and disagree
munarong (8 days ago)
• • (8 days ago)
Nah, let AI's destroy humanity.
Riyaz patan (8 days ago)
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back to the slum
Jack Auvil (8 days ago)
What happens if he gets heckled?
James Anfone (6 days ago)
He exterminate the human race.
Morgan Green (8 days ago)
He improves off the heckle, the perfect response. The audience knows thats what he is programmed to do, so it’ll get old quick.
Kaloyan A. (8 days ago)

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