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Saturday, 3 December 2011

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Version 2 of iLaugh will cater for funny images. No doubt it won't be able to speak for a week on seeing this.

Humour, as is often said, is highly subjective. So how can a jokey piece from a serious piece be distinguished?

"It's important to know if an author is being serious," said App World! editor, Mac Buck. "That way you know whether or not to laugh."

This is where iLaugh comes in.

"This applelet takes any piece of text, analyses the word structure, the interplay of ideas and constructs an internal dynamic interplay of potential and kinetic humour," said Buck. "At least that's what the instructions for the app say."

Buck ran the instructions through the app, to see if they were funny.

"The applelet couldn't stop laughing," said Buck. "According to the software, the instructions were funnier than the entire Python back catalogue."

This has led Buck to run the app over several other serious articles.

"It's amazing just how funny the American Declaration of Independence actually is," said Buck. "Not to mention the Times Sudoku puzzles. They gave the app a fit of giggles."

Buck then attempted to use the app to determine how funny supposedly funny stuff was.

"The Dorking Review raised a quirky smile," said Buck. "The Isle of Wight News Blog didn't even raise a humorous grunt, whilst transcripts of Steve Martin, Dara O'Brien and Jim Davidson left it cold. Well, it did have a small chortle at Davidson."

This has led Buck to the conclusion that the app is seriously flawed.

"I've come to the conclusion the app is seriously flawed," he said. "I think it could work, but they need to reverse the hilarity polarity."

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