AI's Attempts At One-Liner Jokes Are Unintentionally Hilarious

'How about that airplane food, hey?' Besjuniour/Shutterstock

Comedy written by artificial intelligence (AI) is no laughing matter.

Writing in a blog post, neural network fiddler Janelle Shane explains how she trained a next-generation neural network to write one-liner jokes. The results are so unbelievably unfunny, they are hilarious.

“I train neural networks, a type of machine learning algorithm, to write unintentional humor as they struggle to imitate human datasets. Well, I intend the humor,” Janelle explains.

She started by plugging in a dataset of over 43,000 jokes that use the basic structure of “What do you call a something that somethings?” or “How do you something a something?” In theory, the neural network would learn the structure and relevant content of the jokes, meaning it could create some gags of its own. However, just as numerous projects like this have shown, they can’t seem to get a grip on our sense of humor.

Here's a selection of the jokes:

“What do you call a cat does it take to screw in a light bulb? They could worry the banana.”

“What did the new ants say after a dog? It was a pirate.”

“Why did the monsters change a lightbulb? And a cow the cough.”

“What do you call a pastor cross the road? He take the chicken.”

“What do you call a farts of tea? He was calling the game of the dry.”

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