A short while back, Google embarked on a quest to find funny YouTube videos before they go viral, through science. It created an algorithm that looks at various things to try to discover the really funny videos.
The clues it searches for are things like audible laughter in the background, in the video, the tone of the comments and what people are saying, even how many "o's" are in the "loools" in the comments.
To try to hone that algorithm, it created a Comedy Slam page
on YouTube that pits two videos against each other and asks users to vote on the funniest ones. The researchers then compare the findings of their algorithms with what actual people find funny and then try to improve the computerized method.
The algorithm is still experimental
, but you can already see how well it's doing by checking out the funniest videos in Comedy Slam, as voted by users but picked by the algorithm. Above is the current all-time funniest video.