Jokes are good examples of edge cases, which AI cannot yet address.

Edge cases are those instances of a particularly rare event in a certain environment. In the UK, the classic example is the instance of a particular type of wet leaves on the railway lines causing the trains to stop running. In the arena of driverless cars, there are many examples such as roadworks or car accidents. In language, jokes make edge cases. So much of AI these days works on the back of big data. A really good joke comprises various elements, one of which is novelty. By definition, there will not be much data underpinning brand new jokes. So, AI is still no laughing matter. Why did the driverless car crash? The human passenger said, ‘Move over and I’ll drive.’

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