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Have You Seen This? Google wants to help you rid the world of bad puns

By Mary Dalrymple, | Posted - Apr. 2, 2018 at 1:15 p.m.

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THE WORLD WIDE WEB — Do you ever feel like there are too many bad jokes in your life?

I, for one, do. With all due respect to every single person in my life, not every sentence needs to be turned into a jokey pun. Fortunately, Google has my back.

Sunday (April 1), Google released this video titled "Introducing Bad Joke Detector." The video explains an extension of Google's "File Go" app, which is a real app designed to help you manage storage space on your devices. The app works by deleting old videos and apps you never use. And now it also deletes bad jokes.

"In our most recent user research, we started noticing an alarming trend," a Google employee explains as the video starts. "People were enjoying their day, freeing up space, when out of nowhere, they were getting really frustrated."

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The cause of that frustration? Bad jokes, of course.

So Google put a team together filled with experts in all those buzzwords you'd expect from a Google team like blockchain and virtual reality, and they set out to solve this problem with the bad joke detector.

OK, this is obviously an April Fool's joke — there's no way to automatically detect and get rid of bad jokes ... yet. Personally, I am holding out hope that Google finds a way to make this real, but seeing as I am still waiting on a real Google Nose feature, it probably won't happen any time soon.

Mary Dalrymple

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