Chess. Jeopardy! Doing it. All of these were once human pursuits that have now been solved—harder, better, faster and stronger—by machines. Could memes be next? An excellent Facebook page called ShitpostBot 5000 makes the case that they can and should.
The game Cards Against Humanity has a feature called “Rando Cardrissian,” a ghost player that chooses random cards each round. More than half the time, Rando is funnier than you and your friends. Think of ShitpostBot as the Rando Cardrissian of meme-making.
It takes a set of user-submitted meme templates and plugs in random popular images. Our human brains, with their tendency to draw connections and make these unrelated things funny, do the rest. If no one told you these were made by a bot, you’d never guess.