Welcome to my latest project!

For the last 2 years I’ve been writing a story about a man who writes a story about a man (me) who wants to make Artificial Intelligence laugh.
To do so, I’ll need to bring together 5 different areas: comedy, consciousness, telepathic machines, virtual reality, and of course, artificial intelligence.

Over the course of 12 lectures (and chapters) I’ll explore each one; and postulate how we can create a new test of consciousness for both humans and Ai alike.
I know, writing comedy for self-aware Artificial Intelligence is a niche market right now, seeing as none exist…yet. 

But we will have the arrival of telepathic machines within a decade, and…
…as visionary Peter Gabriel says…“the essence of who we are is contained in our thoughts and memories, which are about to be opened like tin cans and poured onto a sleeping world. Inexpensive scanners would enable all of us to display our own thoughts and access those of others who do the same. The consequences and ethics of this have barely been considered.”

Those not comfortable swimming in these transparent waters are not going to flourish. Perhaps we will need to create “swimming lessons” to teach us how to be comfortable being open, honest and exposed—that we can be ready to float and navigate in these waters of visible thought.”

I would go further and say this technology will be the stepping stone into mind to mind communication with Artificial Intelligence too.

Yes, in an age of telepathic machines with which we can interact mind-to-mind with self-aware Artificial Intelligence, you are going to need a ‘School of Thought’…

• Introduction: A letter to ‘an agent’


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 1)

• What is meta-humour?
• The self-evidence of Wilt
• The A-Team and Battlestar Galactica go meta intertextual
• Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Self Portrait
• Vic Reeves: statistically meta intertextual
• Oasis: Getting the reference
• Miranda Hart: Galloping through the 4th wall
• Palindromes
• 0202 2020 is a palindrome
• 0202 2020 in hindsight
• 0505 2020 is not palindrome
• Crappy Palindrome
• A future date with both attributes
• Eric Siegel: Meta Palindrome
• Mitchell and Webb: Meta in sketch comedy
• Recursion: what goes around goes around
• Meta in music
• Austin Powers – The spy who shagged me
• Fry and Laurie
• Family Guy goes Meta


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 2)

• Meta, intertextual, self-referential
• Lucy Greeves: why tell jokes?
• Squeaky Clown
• I was going to cannabilise a joke about a clown, but thought it could leave a funny taste in your mouth
• Greg Dean’s joke structure
• Codifying jokes
• Conventional joke structure: this and that
• Meta intertextual
• Please don’t make fun of the disableds
• Gag reflex
• ‘Guess’ the word
• Alyssa Milano: Generalisations
• Cleverer and wronger
• Cuntie: it’s just a word
• Pinnochio in Shrek
• Alan Partridge: who the Fluck is Alice
• A frog walks into a bar
• Kappa and Box Logos
• Frankie Howerd: you say it best when you say nothing at all
• Meta Intertextual Comedy Club
• Ricky Gervais was God
• Schindler’s Lift
• Zammo
• Laughing Man’s Paradox


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 3)

• A new Turing Test
• When Artificial Intelligence finds me funny, then I’ll believe it has consciousness.
• Comedic Device
• Deep Mind
• Discern
• Transcendence: Can you prove you are self-aware?
• Simulation and Multiverse
• Ahead of the Exponential Curve
• Exponential Scale
• Peter Diamandis
• Robert Kegan: Meaning Makers
• Sean Keaveny: Palindromic Time Check Day
• This is not an Origami Unicorn
• The birth of a pregnant pause
• Once upon a theme
• Dear Rhys Hutchings, Goldie Lookin Chain
• Groucho: Either way
• Less is more and polishing what is there
• Immaculate misconception
• Erect condominiums
• Large Hadron Collider
• Siobhan and Niamh are the Quinoa


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 4)

• The Heart: The Sublime Engine
• Letter to Stewart Lee
• Wanderer above the sea of fog and Game of Thrones
• Wanderer above the sea of fog as a model for movie posters
• Wanderer above the sea of fog: Me my selfie and I
• Ted Chippington: long time no sea of fog
• A message to Richard Herring
• A prediliction to prediction
• Hugh Grant
• Richard Branson
• Rhod Gilbert
• Everything is relative, inheritance is brotherly so.
• Every joke is a tiny revolution
• I’m dying up here


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 5)

• Tickle her funny
• Good wife
• We is Genius
• Jack the lab
• What doesn’t kill you
• Mum’s knee replacements
• Ageing comedians
• The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
• The billboard at the end of the Universe


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 6)

• Reggie Watts
• Man in the Mirror Pun
• Habitual language patterns
• Giant Washer
• Memory Clinic
• Smallen
• Contrary
• Anker speaker
• Stewart Francis
• You have 7 seconds
• Rougemont: Ignorance of ignorance
• Lithium
• Marketing Psychologist
• Insignificant ripples
• John Lydon


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 7)

• An echo of familiarity
• Oscar Wilde
• Originality and Nostalgia
• George Blair-West: 2 bananas
• Bill Hicks: Language Patterns
• Jack Dee: The difference between a cat and a dog
• Conceptual mindwash
• Mocking the temperance movement
• Insults vs. clever insults
• The obviousness of ‘Elementary’
• The Wedding Present
• Google Glass Joke
• Fry and Mars/Curiosity
• Tim Vine
• Mr Nice
• Bread Shop
• Barrage of puns
• Driving school
• Do carrier pigeons fly in formation?


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 8)

• Misdirection is used in magic, and jokes
• Derren Brown
• Derren Brown: Spooky Chair
• No doubt equals certainty
• Atariaxia – outside the game
• The 11.11 Awareness Trick
• Things that contain each other: mutually dependant concepts
• The story of the Crazy/Genius logo
• Antarctic
• Les Dawson: relativity
• Avengers: the dwarf is a giant
• Will Arnett: the dead canary joke
• Stephen Fry
• Nietzsche
• Buddhist premeditated


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 9)

• An Introduction to Telepathic Machines
• Dear Mary Lou Jepsen
• Peter Gabriel: Open Water
• Dr. Strange and the doors of perception
• A message to Peter Gabriel: Turning Open Water into Wine
• Narcissist


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 10)

• Introduction to Mental Swimming Lessions
• “The Structure of Consciousness?”
• My imagined TED talk in the future
• Bullshit: with love
• The Book of Mormon
• The Royal Institute for the Blind and The British Library
• Swedish Penis Enlarger
• Starting and finishing (Dick Emery and Austin Powers)
• Sean McLoughlin
• Jo Brand
• Danny Baker
• Parent Advisory Lyrics tshirt


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 11)

• Jimmy Mulville
• Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch
• Frankie Boyle: Encryption theory
• Freud
• Tiernan Douieb: To table an idea
• Brexit
• Map of Tassi
• Jerry Sadowitz: what’s racism without ignorance
• Creation of characters
• Conceited
• Recommending Yourself
• Richard Wiseman
• Finger painting


→ The Crazy/Genius School of Thought (Section 12)



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