Big Picture Science – Know Laughing Matter: Tony Veale
by Gary Niederhoff on July 20, 2011
Part 5 of Know Laughing Matter, featuring Tony Veale, computer scientist and natural language processing researcher. University College, Dublin, Ireland, on his work in programming computers to tell jokes. Plus, more jokes from listeners. (TRT 6:33)
Could your favorite Earthling also be your favorite Martian?
Allow me to respond: The answer is "yes." It's possible that billions of years ago, tiny bits of biology quit the Red Planet and infected ours. If so, your family tree -- and that of every other terrestrial life form -- has its deepest roots not in the ancient oceans of Earth, but... (read more)