Take a smart phone with an ‘intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator’ function such as ‘Siri’.
Ask Siri to tell a joke. You could do this more than once.
- Is Siri funny?
- What is ‘funny’?
- What makes someone funny?
- Can or could A.I. ever be funny?
- What is a joke?
- What makes a joke funny?
- How does one tell a joke well?
- What is Siri?
- Can intentional states be ascribed to Siri?
- Can someone/thing be funny without intending to be?
Who’s a clever phone, then?
A colleague of mine, Andrew West, does a session making use of his speaking ‘intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator’ function on his phone. He ‘asks his phone’ a series of questions such as:
What is the capital of France?
What is 2 + 2?
What is 2 + 2 + 2 + 6098?
Are there any train stations nearby?
What’s the weather going to be like this evening?
Are you clever?
- Is my phone clever?’
- What question could you ask my phone to find out if it’s clever or not?
- Is my phone cleverer than a baby?