This Happened

Scientists Try to Develop Software That Tells Jokes, End Up With Sexist Asshole Computer Instead

“I like my women like I like my gas … natural.” - A computer's joke
(Photo: utopianist.com)

(Photo: utopianist.com)

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh set out to program a computer that could find connections between unlikely word pairs and generate witty one-liners. Instead, they ended up with an “un-PC PC” that spews sexist jokes like an amateur manchild comedian trying to emulate something he once saw on Comedy Central.

The Telegraph reports that the software that scientists developed plays on the typical comedy trope of following up a sentence with a surprising statement, which the computer can create by analyzing word pairings. But for some reason, the majority of the jokes the computer came up with were sexist, and mainly compared men or women to objects:

 “I like my women like I like my gas … natural.”

Computers: now funnier than Daniel Tosh.

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