No AI in humor: R2-D2 walks into a bar, doesn’t get the joke

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FILE – This Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 file photo shows the humanoid robot “Alter” on display at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. Understanding humor may be one of the last things that separates humans from ever smarter machines, computer scientists and linguists say. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Alexa and Siri can tell jokes mined from a humor database, but they just don’t get them.

Linguists and computer scientists say that’s something to consider on April Fools’ Day: Humor is what makes humans special. When experts try to teach machines what’s funny, the results are at times laughable but not quite in the way intended.

Humor is all about context, life experiences and timing — stuff that is not easy for computers.

But computer scientist and stand-up comic Allison Bishop says the good news is that it gives comedians job security.

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