First, a robot that can beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy!, and now a robot that performs stand-up comedy?
At a recent presentation, Carnegie Mellon robotics student Heather Knight unveiled a joke-telling robot named Data. Far from simply being a tape recording of a comedy routine, though, Data responds to audience feedback in real time through laughter and green and red cards, which indicate whether an audience member liked or disliked a joke. Based on that feedback, Data adjusts his subsequent joke.
As cool and terrifying as a robotic stand-up comedian is, I’ll be even more impressed when they teach him to wield a giant mallet and smash 30 watermelons in an hour. Check out the video below to see Data in action!