Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Engineering a Laugh

PostedNovember 19, 2004

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Shri Narayanan, a University of Southern California engineer says, while computers have become pretty good at following grammar rules to form sentences, hilarity isn't their strong suit.  So he's helping computers learn to laugh.  This, after lesson one: [laugh audio].  OK, a little stilted.  But Narayanan thinks he can use that to build nuanced laughter ranging from the joyous to the sarcastic, and even make it sound like a particular person.  He hopes you'll be able to literally "laugh out loud" with such technology in a few years.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.