Suslov Igor Mikhailovich, Doctor of Science, who is Head Scientist at the P.L. Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, has been working steadily towards a goal: creating a computer with a sense of humor. The photo below shows Mikhailovich projecting his thoughts. Here are four of his research papers on the matter:
How to realize “a sense of humour” in computers ?Comments: 14 pages, 6 figures included, 2007Subjects: Computation and Language (cs.CL); Artificial Intelligence (cs.AI); Neurons and Cognition (q-bio.NC)Can a Computer Laugh ?Comments: English translation of the paper in Russian; 18 pages, 6 figures includedJournal-ref: Computer Chronicle (Moscow), 1994, issue 1, p.1Subjects: Computation and Language (cs.CL); Artificial Intelligence (cs.AI); Neurons and Cognition (q-bio.NC)Computer Model of a “Sense of Humour”. II. Realization in Neural NetworksComments: 13 pages, 5 figures included; continuation of this series to appearJournal-ref: Biofizika SSSR 37, 325 (1992) [Biophysics 37, 249 (1992)]Subjects: Neurons and Cognition (q-bio.NC); Artificial Intelligence (cs.AI)Computer Model of a “Sense of Humour”. I. General AlgorithmComments: 10 pages, 3 figures included; continuation of this series to appearJournal-ref: Biofizika SSSR 37, 318 (1992) [Biophysics 37, 242 (1992)]
BONUS: An earlier Mickhailovich worked in the opposite direction, The following passage is from the study “The Social Meanings of Swearing: Workers and Bad Language in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia,” S.A. Smith, Past & Present, No. 160 (Aug., 1998), pp. 167-202.:
“carnivalesque use of language was associated in Russia with the skomorokhi, minstrels whose singing, dancing and bear-baiting were standard fare at festivities. In 1648, a time of intense popular unrest, tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich banned these minstrels, making specific reference to their singing ‘impious and foul songs'”.
BONUS (unrelated): “On the Existence of Mikhailov”