> I took some time to look through what you said and checked around the internet. Interestingly, I found nothing that proves wrong the information I conveyed.

Look harder?

> Are you familiar with the difference with the words ‘tell’ and ‘make’ or ‘create’?

Indeed. Ontology-based joke generators are more complex than something that simply reposts existing jokes. They are still quite straightforward.

For instance, you can write a pun generator using an ontology like NELL’s by identifying a word with two senses, then producing a statement that begins by implying one sense but ends by verifying the other. There’s an implementation of this algorithm in lisp from 1995 floating around — should be within the first ten pages of google results for “computational humor” since it’s gotten frontpage on slashdot a few times. That kind of joke isn’t usually very funny, but it’s quite unambiguously created by the system.

> you should find out about its current state

I’m part of the generative fiction community. I write these sorts of things on a regular basis.

There are tutorials. If you have any interest in the subject, I recommend reading them.

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