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This absurd parody proves that all TED Talks really do sound the same
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
It's not just you: A lot of TED Talks sound the same. Comedian and writer Keaton Patti — who imagined what a White House press briefing written by a bot might sound like — just shared a new imagined bot script, this time parodying the language of lofty TED Talks. SEE ALSO: Burger King's AI-written ads are beautiful disasters The "visibly clothed" TED TALKER opens the bizarrely inspirational lecture — given in a "place where you can talk" — with an anecdote about his or her grandfather, who was "paid for for being old."  "He told me there's just enough plastic in the ocean for someone to marry," the TED TALKER states. "But we're almost out of time." The audience doesn't care much about the actual TED Talk, but are insistent that they be shown graphs. I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of TED Talks and then asked it to write a TED Talk of its own. Here is the first page. pic.twitter.com/FpGz25q9zc — Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) October 18, 2018 "The crowd likes the graph since it is a graph and they like graphs for the reasons they have," the script reads. Honestly, how relatable.  When the plastic from the ocean breaks into the room, the crowd "waits to see if it this will somehow turn into a graph."  Patti even mocked up a very scientific graph for our enjoyment. Look at this if you want to live. pic.twitter.com/XBUEgTSmX4 — Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) October 18, 2018 Patti jokes that bots write these scripts after watching 1,000 hours of content. While they're actually just delightful parodies, people really love them. I'm disturbed by just how compelling this was...if it was a book, I would have kept reading straight through and the scary part is that I'm not sure why.... — Vagobond (@vagobond) October 18, 2018 me trying to meet my word requirement on an essay pic.twitter.com/UZ1R9a5V7H — rhêtorík (@djrhetorik) October 18, 2018 Even the official TED Talks account found it "truly inspiring."  Truly inspiring. https://t.co/ROcM0ECA5W — TED Talks (@TEDTalks) October 18, 2018 WATCH: What's up with the Razer Phone 2? — Technically Speaking read more
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