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Scientists invent a computer that writes sexist jokes

Because the world definitely needed help with that



Katie McDonough
August 6, 2013 8:54PM (UTC)

A machine invented by scientists at the University of Edinburgh to tell witty one-liners is mainly just churning out semi-coherent and vaguely sexist jokes. (Related: the computer was recently hired to write for the next season of "Two and a Half Men." Just kidding. Is that even still a show? Who cares.)

The software was designed to connect unlikely pairings of words, and most commonly generates comparisons between men and women, to bizarre effect:

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I like my women like I like my gas ... natural

I like my men like I like my acorns ... buried

I like my boys like I like my sectors … bad

I like my men like I like my monoxide ... odourless

I like my men like I like my court … superior

David Matthews, a computer scientist who helped develop the program, explained a bit more about how it works to the Telegraph: "Computers have an advantage over people in that they can process masses of information, so we fed computers a wealth of material from which they extracted creative and unusual word combinations to fit our joke template."

In a separate interview with the Telegraph, the computer noted that it would "be here all week," and reminded its audience to "please tip your human waiter."

via the Telegraph

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Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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