In some much needed levity in the dark days politically and in global health, we thought we'd take a look at some funny instances of machine learning used to make us laugh, sometimes unintentionally.

Harry Potter

This list would note be complete without a look at the folks at Botnik whose claim to fame was a human-computer partnership in writing a new Harry Potter novel. The team even set it to print and created a physical book out of Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash


The team also produced Voicebox, a tool resembling the one they used to produce the novel. Voicebox can generate new strings of text based on pretrained models of other text. Here's one we made from a pretrained Bruno Mars model.

I can finally see your sex doing anything i wanna feel. You make my brain so hard ( ooh still vuelvo ) burning down the bed we get home soon. This long way you better get through your face again with desire.


The aptly named AI Weirdness shows us what happens when we trust machines to make recipes for us.

Most of the recipes list ingredients that may never actually appear in the directions that follow. The ingredients themselves include such bespoke items as

  • 2  large bones sliced
  • 1 cup snow peas and cut into ¼ inch cubes
  • 1  up
  • 4 cup cold water or yeast meat
  • 1  wine, mashed
  • 1 cup grated white rice

PBS Eons

The same author generated titles from PBS Eons episodes. This produced such hits as

  • When Whales Ruled the Skies
  • How Darth Vader Helped with the Founding of America
  • It’s Not Easy With Floofs on the Moon

Friends Generator

Friends fan Apoorv Kansal created a tool to generate partial scripts of the show by feeding it just a few words to get started. Here's one we created starting with "Is a bowl of cereal technically a kind of soup?"

Is a bowl of cereal technically a kind of soup? (Sarcasticed today I must some guy at the time it covering my artsonna see the tip.

Monica: You do that and try to make a big show and says,
Joey Tribbiani: Listen, I nod the mood cause we're gonna have sex right away, and then looks at the group hand, baby!! (They are about tu that.
Monica: Really?! So you can pun when you do that?
Chandler: What are you doing? That was fun! I was gonna go find the best way to hang out in my family newsletter! I cant believe youre wearing something in London.
Chandler: Dude, all right, Ill see you guys later.
Ross: YeahO.
Ross: Welll do things to understanding look like? Maybe ar anniversary.
Monica: (checks him out) What are you doing?
Chandler: I think that's why he makes me feel we have a convention.
Monica: The neighborhers. (They're s them!)