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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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M DP (3 months ago)
A detail: was it fed the quotes for the all of the movies collection, or the entire scripts? I know of a database of quotes, but I do not know of a database of full scripts
avq5 (4 months ago)
I didn't hear any of them give a single example of how this technology could be applied in a positive, practical, non-deceptive manner other than to say that they created the technology so that they could make people cautious of it. Shame on this reporter for not pressing them for a better reason.
Crni Covek (5 months ago)
Thats not AI, thats amateur programming
LilOcean (6 months ago)
This is so cool, sure it might sound a bit goofy right now, but imagine what this tech could do in 20 years or so...
Jim Lohse (7 days ago)
That's what the said 20 and 40 years ago LOL ... machine leaning technology has been around much longer than people realize.
Robert Glazer (6 months ago)
The interviewer, based on this and other videos, is very terrified of technology
JICM25 (3 months ago)
And shoulnd´t he be ???? You dumb fuck ! AI is going to destroy us, you idiot, you and many other millions are just too dumb to understand that
Atharva Pagare (6 months ago)
Does this use Reinforcement Learning?
Saifullah Rabiu Sani (6 months ago)
"i don't think that will happen at my time" that is selfish if you ask me
Ken Chapman (6 months ago)
Kory was my Level 2 Improv teacher. Not surprised he would create a robot with emerging AI to advance the "art."
Gaurav Pandey (6 months ago)
next step - creating Westworld.
Joe Andrews (6 months ago)
Look how cute it is......hacks missile silo.
Joe Andrews (6 months ago)
That wasn't funny at all.
Requestcykor (6 months ago)
i can now see how the world will end.. .great job MORON !
GODOFHELLFIRE3 (6 months ago)
Conclusion: no, it is most definitely not.
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póg mo thóin (6 months ago)
Robert Daniel Curtis (6 months ago)
Nao. Nao. Nao. Nao. Nao.
Blake Adams (7 months 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 months ago)
nunchaku101 (7 months ago)
These robots are not nice or cute or sweet, This is part of the NWO transhumanist agenda.
SuntzuMocro (6 months ago)
nunchaku101 I am The Llizardking, don't blow our cover homeboy 🦎
Maliken (7 months ago)
"redrum franklin.. redrumm." "your friends will betray you Franklin"
Jiro Conwi (7 months ago)
Why are there pre fabricated response in the code? That's crap.
Eric Tan (7 months ago)
skratta du flörlar du!
clayton Van kuyl (7 months ago)
oh god, when they said improv I knew it was going to be terrible
Zuulaloo (7 months ago)
I never laughed, except at the confidence of these brainlets.
zdrijne (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
Should've called it funnybot
l1t7l3ph0o7 (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
This is robot Nao
W (7 months ago)
I think even a 16 year old Stacy from Tinder is funnier than this robot
Jeronimo Tamayo Lopera (7 months ago)
Scott Woloshin (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
Hilarious good and interesting.
Mayur Aggarwal (7 months ago)
When you stay in college too long
TonyQuackston (7 months 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.
Sam Blackmore (6 months ago)
It could potentially be interesting if it were trained long enough using a neural network that favors funny responses but that would be impossible through improv shows alone. Possibly some kind of crowdsourcing could be used...
Chris urquhart (7 months ago)
I mean they never claim any of that, they were very upfront about what it does.
faiz ali (7 months ago)
Bboynaughtylegs (7 months ago)
*I am funny bot* What is the difference between a snowman and a snowwoman? Snowballs. Awkarddd
Max Gorden (7 months ago)
Younger nick cage? Is that you?
Stilz Games (7 months ago)
I can Change the World (7 months ago)
Reminds me of the Southpark episode funny bot
I can Change the World (7 months ago)
In the end of episode the robot tries to kill humanity 🤣
n0rmal-iwnl- (7 months ago)
negro humor
Marek Kolenda (7 months ago)
G7 could reduce spending on NATO programs because Trump tariffs sanctions.
Monero XMR (7 months ago)
I want one that wipes my ass
Hail Xenu (7 months ago)
I haven't cringed so hard since Hanson robotics
Riyaz patan (7 months 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....!
Syed Hussain (6 months ago)
You're fucking crazy. Everyone knows its the zombies that will wipe our race out, not AI
sachin andrews (7 months ago)
Agree and disagree
munarong (7 months ago)
• • (7 months ago)
Nah, let AI's destroy humanity.
Riyaz patan (7 months ago)
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Jack Auvil (7 months ago)
What happens if he gets heckled?
Morgan Green (7 months 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. (7 months ago)
Blondie SL (1 month ago)
Nothing to cringe about, Kaloyan. While this is cute, when I saw some of the code snippets on the screen, it sure reminded me of a very old program called, *ELIZA*, which first came into existence around the mid 1960's, which I believe was developed by MIT. What I'm seeing here is that each phrased that is pushed into the system, gets a weighted seed number assigned to it. Big job as they mentioned over 100,000 movie dialog scripts where entered into it. LOL That's amazing for sure. But this is not that difficult to do. The voice recognition "hears" that you say, converts it to text (speech to text) and applies a weighted seed to your input. This in itself will be some very interesting code that will use special rules to parse the text. Then, once that seed is built, the system does a search in the database with this seed for the closest match and the spits out that phrase/sentence. This is why, very often, the responses don't make a lot of sense. ELIZA was very similar that way. The one I wrote back in the 1980's, based on ELIZA algorithms, was just for fun. My code was not nearly as sophisticated or robust as this, but it did learn as it went along and made more and more sense, the more it learned and built up the database. Sadly, back then, the computers I had were very limited in speed and storage space. I'd love to have one of those robots today and try to write a fun AI piece of software. Hey, at least now, I have a lot of storage space and several servers that would be excellent to use for a project like that. LOL This robot's database (obviously on a computer that it's is connected to wirelessly) is already huge. I suspect that this coder also built in learning ability so that it gets better and better (the reward, punishment thingy). It's pretty cool and that particular little robot, I've seen before and would LOVE to have here at home to build my own AI. Sadly, when it comes to the mechanics part, I suck at that, so trying to design a robot and maybe use a 3D printer to print out the parts, is beyond my ability. So yeah, if anyone has a robot that they don't ne .... ok.. never mind.. LOL Great Video
Casper L (5 months ago)
the two most generic comments
Atomous 437 (6 months ago)

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