Posted on December 14, 2015 | Back to Showreel

Understanding and Predicting Visual Humour

Tags: funny | Paper

Easily Noon’s favourite paper of 2015. In life we face many problems. One of them is, given some non-funny situation, how can we make it funny? Naively one might think computers can’t begin to attemp to solve this problem. One would be wrong. Consider the top row of this image. Two people having dinner. Very unfunny. Two dogs having dinner at a dinner table? Hilarious. Likewise, cats in a park? Unfunny. A racoon riding a scooter in the same park? Brilliant.

This network was trained on data generated by humans who took specific scenes and adjusted them to make them funny.

We’re not totally sure where we’ll see more applications of this work, but we love it.