Saturday, February 19, 2011


Long-time readers here know I enjoy recursive or self-reference elements in language and/or numbers. Below, a link to a cartoon that turns such into some humor:

Now, a computer could no doubt be made to generate such a sentence as included therein, but could a computer ever recognize the humor in it???

(... and I ask that, because a recent commentator on NPR, contemplating IBM's "Watson" victory over humans in the "Jeopardy" game show, asked aloud if computers, that can certainly match and exceed human mental capacities, could ever possess a 'sense of humor'!?)

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