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AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human

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A robotic comedian.

University of Alberta researches have developed an artificial intelligence-based comedy theater in which a human, a puppet, and a cyborg perform.

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Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed Improbotics, an artificial intelligence (AI)-based comedy theater that includes a human, a puppet, and a cyborg.

The human devises her own lines, the puppet is fed lines through an earphone from a human off-stage, and the cyborg is fed lines generated by an AI system called A.L.Ex.

The algorithm powering A.L.Ex is trained on movie subtitles, giving it a sense of dialogue. The system also has a curator that inputs the scene prompts and selects the best responses to send to the cyborg.

The audience was able to guess the identity of the AI-controlled improviser, but in two out of six shows, some audience members thought there was actually a second AI performer.

The experiment provides a novel twist on the Turing Test.

From New Scientist
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