Robots Make Things Funnier
We evaluate the influence robots can have on the perceived funniness of jokes. We let people grade how funny simple word play jokes are, and vary the presentation method. The jokes are presented as text only or said by a small robot. The same joke is rated significantly higher when presented by the robot. We also let one robot tell a joke and have one more robot either laugh, boo, or do nothing. Laughing and booing is significantly funnier than no reaction, though there was no significant difference between laughing and booing.
KeywordsEvaluation Score Humanoid Robot Text Form Total Average Score Small Robot
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