Liz Gannes

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No Joke: Pandora Adds Comedy

Internet radio service Pandora has added 10,000 short sketches from more than 700 different comics to its library. Even though the best way to ruin a joke is to explain it, Pandora enlisted a “team of working comedians” to identify traits such as “basic themes (ethnicity, family) and styles of delivery (dry, self-deprecating) to broader categorizations of how comedians toy with logic and language (spoonerisms, juxtaposition, misdirection)” so it can make comedy recommendations.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik