Yianni Agisilaou: Teaching A Robot To Love
By Tiffany Fettig-Pante on 09 Feb 2018
“Teaching a Robot to Love” is a surprisingly intelligent commentary on where society is heading in the face of artificial intelligence and the rise of robots.
While highly informative and fact-based, Agisilaou did a great job of keeping it light and entertaining with bitey remarks and well-timed sarcasm.
No doubt a very sharp and educated man, it was obvious Agisilaou had conducted thorough research on the sometimes convoluted topic, giving the audience a digestible crash course in Artificial Intelligence 101.
I felt a little bit like I was back at uni sitting in a small lecture hall, but this was like no class I ever had the privilege of attending in my formidable years.
The format was fast-paced and filled with information, with Agisilaou dissecting one aspect of AI, interjecting clever quips throughout, further supporting his point with a printed visual poster, and then moving on seamlessly to the next fun fact.
I have to applaud his transition skills because you almost didn’t even notice when you were moving on to a new topic.
Sitting in the front row however, I found myself a bit distracted by his notes which were written in big bold letters on the back of said printed visual posters, giving me an unwanted preview into the next bit of his segment.
Like any stand up comedy show, Agisilaou did occasionally single out a few audience members to supplement his material, but to my relief no one got completely and degradingly roasted just for making the mistake of sitting in the front row like I’ve seen at some other comedy gigs.
With relatable anecdotes about everyday experiences with AI and and nods to pop culture references, “Teaching a Robot to Love” is definitely a show more catered to Millennials who are tech-savvy, active online and keep up with current events.
Highly educational, relevant and intelligently humourous, this isn’t your typical stand up show riddled with toilet jokes and over-the-top sexual references – it’s much better.
11 Feb 2018