11/10/2016 11:21 AM IST | Updated 11/10/2016 12:32 PM IST

Google Is Hiring Comedy Writers So Google Assistant Can Tell Better Jokes


Google CEO Sundar Pichai talks about the new Google Assistant

Google has hired a bunch of comedy writers from sources such as Pixar and The Onion to give its digital online assistant, called Google Assistant, a sense of humor.

A report in the Wall Street Journal suggests that not just Google, but Amazon too is trying to increase its assistant Alexa's level of conversationality.

While most digital assistants still cannot grasp contextual conversation, some of the newer entrants such as Google Assistant make an attempt to take the conversation forward from the preceding statement.

For instance, you can ask the Assistant. "What is Adele's full name?" and after it gives you the information, you can ask, "What was her last album?"

The Assistant, which was launched at the Google IO in May this year, was shown off in a practical demonstration in Google's chat app, Allo. When using Allo, you can even ask the Assistant to tell you a joke. But don't set your expectations too high as most jokes are still silly word-plays.

While we still cannot adjust 'humor' settings on robots, as Matthew McConaughey could do in the movie, Interstellar, we do have instances of robots that are developing a pretty decent sense of humour.

Recently, Charlie Rose interviewed a humanoid for 60 minutes on television and she came up with some quirky answers.

But until that time when the bots get smart enough to outwit you, you can have a nice chat with Google Home sitting at your kitchen table, without any jokes of course.