[Link] Zack Weinersmith's One-Liner Generator

post by Dallas · 2014-03-25T15:30:48.332Z · score: 2 (8 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 7 comments

Zack Weinersmith of SMBC fame has suggested an interesting artificial intelligence project: generate jokes by observing utility as a function of rate of change in initial understanding over time.



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comment by NoSuchPlace · 2014-03-25T15:55:52.023Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Perhaps you should link to the article directly. At first I was trying to figure out the connection between densely packed Hitlers and one-line generators. (Edit: My mistake the link was there I just didn't see it)

Also, unless you want to elaborate, maybe this should go into the open thread?

comment by Oscar_Cunningham · 2014-03-25T17:30:57.290Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

They did link to the source as "(source)" (see the bottom line of their post). But I agree that this should be in the open thread.

comment by NoSuchPlace · 2014-03-25T20:02:51.641Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

I completely missed that the first time, thank you. Is there a way to only retract part of a post?

comment by Oscar_Cunningham · 2014-03-25T21:15:55.436Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

No, but you can just add an edit saying something like "Wrong; see below".

comment by NoSuchPlace · 2014-03-27T16:03:57.673Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Thank you. Fixed

comment by khafra · 2014-03-27T11:43:09.535Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

This is the same as Schmidhuber's compression-based theory of aesthetics, right?

comment by Transfuturist · 2014-03-28T09:38:08.945Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Looks like it. I see it as a promising theory. Weinersmith could have made his point more correct (Ctrl-F "What’s my middle name?") if he had talked about dU as a derivable signal. Calculus would have made the point more succinct, I think.

Then again, I try to think about these things computationally, while Zack is just trying to make a convincing argument.