[Corpora-List] Webinar: Humor and Artificial Intelligence

Tristan Miller tristan.miller at ofai.at
Wed Apr 21 10:23:21 CEST 2021

HUMOR AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE International Society for Humor Studies Webinar

May 21, 2021, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC)



Christian Hempelmann, Texas A&M University–Commerce, USA Julia Taylor Rayz, Purdue University, USA Tristan Miller, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence Tiansi Dong, Bonn University, Germany


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Society for Humor Studies has postponed its 33rd Conference to June 27 to July 2, 2022. In its place, the Society will hold a series of six webinars, including this webinar on Humor and Artificial Intelligence (Webinar #4).

Christian Hempelmann will begin with an overview of past approaches to generating and analyzing humor computationally up to 2015. As in its parent discipline, computational linguistics, early approaches were symbolic, rule- and resource-based. Since the 1990s, the methodology came increasingly from computer sciences and was probabilistic, up to the unexplainable algorithms of machine learning.

Julia Rayz will continue the presentation from 2015 and provide a brief overview of the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary intelligent systems, concentrating on their ability to “understand” text and make inferences, loosely described as learning. It will follow by applicability of various language models to computational humor.

Tristan Miller will present on how puns and wordplay are humorous stylistic features that are recurrent in literary texts but are among the most challenging for humans to translate. In this talk, he will describe how AI can provide specialized support to translators working with puns.

Tiansi Dong will address the research on cognitive maps and how jokes can be understood as a collage of two cognitive maps. The presentation will emphasize the neuro-symbolic procedures to acquire such a collage, and will address the important roles humor plays in commonsense reasoning and neuro-symbolic integration. Both are characteristic features of the next generation of AI.

This webinar will conclude with a roundtable discussion with the audience on the ethics of humor and AI, which has become more relevant as AI becomes more intelligent.


Register online by following the "Click here to register for Humor and Artificial Intelligence" link at <http://humorstudies.org/WebinarCenter.htm>.

Registration for this webinar (and all five of the other ones) is free for 2021 ISHS members. Nonmembers can register for and receive free access to *one* of the six webinars to sample what the Society has to offer, but should write to the ISHS Executive Secretary at ishs at hnu.edu to verify their one preferred webinar. Nonmembers are encouraged to join ISHS as a regular or an associate member on the ISHS membership page at <http://humorstudies.org/MembersCenter.htm>. Associate membership is just $30.

-- Dr.-Ing. Tristan Miller, Research Scientist Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) Freyung 6/3, 1010 Vienna, Austria | Tel: +43 1 5324621 3 https://logological.org/ | https://punderstanding.ofai.at/

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