Whoever said that computers did not have a sense of humor? I know that in the world of science fiction movies and the ilk, computers tend to be on a homicidal warpath – such as HAL 9000, or the Skynet system that decided to purge the earth of humans, unleashing an army of Terminators upon mankind. Perhaps computers would learn how to chill, and scientists from the University of Edinburgh might have just done exactly that, thanks to a computer program which was specially designed “to find unlikely pairings of words and to make a connection between them.”
Interestingly enough, when the software ran, it unwittingly released a bunch of sexist material and at times, gibberish. Who would have thought that something unfeeling might end up with sexist jokes, although if one were to look at the entire situation objectively, it could be a programming flaw that resulted in the unPC (as it is called) deliver such misogyny, instead of being a machine tendency to do so which would really be out of whack if that were to be true. It more or less churned up jokes that compared men or women with another object, including “I like my women like I like my gas … natural.” Of course, there were also misses such as “I like my men like I like my court … superior.”, but then again, it is still a work in progress.
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