A researcher at Northwestern University walks into a bar.
Oh wait, no he didnâ€™tâ€”because heâ€™s too busy spending the $712,883 he received in grant money to create joke-writing software.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, the federally-funded project has had some conservative backlashâ€”Sen. John McCain ranked it as 36 on his list of the 100 most wasteful stimulus projects.
But Kristian Hammond, the professor in charge of the â€œComputational Creativity: Building a Model of Machine-Generated Humorâ€ project says itâ€™s â€œno laughing matter.â€
Teaching a computer to think like a human is the first step in building a system that can build original and funny content on its own, a development Hammond says will likely replace search engines.
Photo by Chicago Sun-Times.