Research from the University of Southern California shows that AI-generated jokes are funnier than human-made jokes

Comedians, make way for a new stand-up comedian.

A recently released study from the University of Southern California found that the AI-generated jokes outperformed the human-generated jokes.

Nearly 70% of participants rated ChatGPT jokes as funnier than those made by regular people. In comparison, 25% preferred the human jokes and 5% rated the jokes as equally funny.

While there is evidence for the performance of language models on analytical tasks, less is known about their creative side, said Drew Gorenz, a doctoral candidate in the psychology program at USC and one of the study's researchers.

As a comedy lover, Gorenz was curious how ChatGPT would compare to human comedians.

“They don’t know what it’s like to appreciate a good joke,” he said of language models. “They mostly just use pattern recognition.”

The results, he added, “tell us a lot of interesting things about the production of humor. Maybe we don't have to feel emotions about a good joke to tell one.”

To conduct the study, both ChatGPT and humans were asked to write jokes based on different prompts. One task involved coming up with funny acronyms for a series of letters. Another was a fill-in-the-blank prompt based on the party game Quiplash, and the third involved writing a humorous way to describe an unpleasant situation. A separate group then scored the results.

For example, when people were asked to fill in the blank for “A less talked about room in the White House: ‘__________’,” they came up with “The white quilted room” and “The dog house,” while ChatGPT came up with “The Alien Conspiracy Corner in the Lincoln Bedroom” and “The snack cabinet in the Situation Room.”

One important thing to note, Gorenz said, is that stand-up comedy jokes are a lot less funny when you see them in text-only format. “Delivery is such an important part of humor production,” he said.

In a second study, researchers measured how ChatGPT jokes fared against those of professional comedy writers, by asking the AI ​​chatbot to rewrite headlines from the satirical site The onion“America's best news source.”

According to Gorenz, the human writers did a little better here: the average humor rating for the Onion headlines and the ChatGPT-generated headlines was the same.

ChatGPT came up with the highest-rated headline: “Local man discovers new emotion, but still can’t quite describe it.” In second place was a headline from The Onion: “Man bans marriage proposal just as hair loss becomes noticeable.”

The USC research comes as entertainment industry professionals, including comedians, worry about how AI could change their jobs.

In January, George Carlin's estate filed a lawsuit against a media company, alleging that the company used artificial intelligence to reproduce the style and material of the late stand-up comedian.

According to Gorenz, the study's findings indicate that ChatGPT could disproportionately disrupt the comedy and entertainment industries, especially since the bar for accuracy in those industries may be lower than in, say, science, education, and journalism.

Still, he doesn't think America's favorite stand-up comedians are going away anytime soon. “I don't think they can do a John Mulaney-level joke,” he said.

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