Evanston, Ill. -- An Illinois researcher says his team's controversial government-funded "machine-generated humor" project is a serious attempt to model "human cognitive skills."
Northwestern University computer professor Kristian Hammond said his team's project title, "Computational Creativity: Building a Model of Machine-Generated Humor," probably led to the bad reputation that landed it on Sen. John McCain's list of the Top 100 Most Wasteful Stimulus Projects, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.
"The title created a flash point for us. There was a little brouhaha, but we are a structurally standard research organization," Hammond said. "The work is pretty innovative."