Brilliant student uses brilliance to create robot comedian

By | January 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm | 3 comments | Audio/Video, News | Tags: , ,

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!

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  • Miles

    This is disgusting.

  • Lawson

    I don’t know whether to like this or vehemently hate it.

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