13
Sep
2018

AI tries bad improv comedy to trick people into thinking it is human

Actors on stage

AI, or not AI — that is the question

Alessia Pannese

By Frank Swain

Whose line of code is it anyway? Artificial intelligence has joined a group of improv actors in a live stage performance, providing a novel twist on the Turing test – a test of machine intelligence.

AI has written scripts, poetry and even jokes before, but Kory Mathewson at the University of Alberta and Piotr Mirowski wanted a robot to go where no robot had gone before: comedy theatre.

They based their work on the Actor’s Nightmare, an improvised performance where actors are forced to make incongruous lines fit …

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