Merrill Grambell Is an AI-Powered Bot With Its Own Surreal Talk Show

Comedy writer Will Brierly created it for a live act

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With artificial intelligence and automation set to replace a growing number of human jobs, even late-night TV personalities may not be safe.

But if the absurd meanderings of  talk-show bot Merrill Grambell are any indication, Jimmy Fallon can probably rest easy. The automated persona is the freewheeling host of the recurring comedy series Deep Learning With Merrill Grambell, in which it interviews comedians, artists and other creative types with varying degrees of coherence.

Even creator Will Brierly, a video game designer and comedy writer, doesn’t know what will happen when his procedural



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