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In the “Unfun the Headline!” challenge, you'll hone your word-juggling skills by turning satirical news into real news while changing as few words as possible:
In the “Real or Not?” challenge, the headline you created is shown to other players, who will indicate how real they think your headline is:
You will also be shown original headlines from real and satirical newspapers. This way you will test your ability to tell “fake” news from real news:
Unfun was created as part of an academic research project exploring the foundations of humor. The project is inspired by questions such as "Why do we laugh?", "What do we find funny, and why?", and "Can computers learn to create jokes that would make us laugh?" As you play this game, you are contributing valuable data that may help us get a little bit closer to answering some of these questions.
The project was started during a Microsoft Research summer internship by Bob West (then a computer science PhD student at Stanford, now a faculty member at EPFL), mentored by Eric Horvitz, as part of interests that Bob and Eric share on the cognitive and (potentially) computable foundations of humor. The work continues as an ongoing collaboration between EPFL and Microsoft Research.
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