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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/9/2014 | 1:16:43 PM
Re: Sadly we do need this
@jastro- We definitely need this, if only to help build our new robot overlords. What would an overlord be if it didn't understand how to be sarcastic?

I think this a very fascinating field and you are right that we've been working on this a long time. Social media gives us the chance for millions and millions of new "test" interactions that can be automatic read and processed at incredible speeds by computers. It is like it was designed just to teach computers how to learn our language.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/9/2014 | 1:13:13 PM
Re: Sadly we do need this
My first thought was wondering how often our government hears "great job on that one guys" and takes it as a compliment rather than sarcasm.


@SaneIT- Ha! Yeah, that's certainly the way it goes down in every Bruce Willis movie. :)
SaneIT
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6/9/2014 | 7:13:44 AM
Re: Sadly we do need this
Honestly I believe this happens quite often.  How many times have you heard about a goverment plan and you're wondering if they are serious or you hear them laying out the framework and it sounds like the sterotypical over budget project that is going to under deliver.  I can't help but think sometimes that they hear read suggestion cards and they read the sarcastic ones as good advice.
Ariella
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6/8/2014 | 9:53:51 AM
Re: Sadly we do need this
@Technocratic ooh, a variation on "if a tree falls ..." "if sarcasm is expressed but nobody gets it, does it still count as sarcasm?"
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Technocrati,
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6/7/2014 | 7:34:25 PM
Re: Sadly we do need this
@Ariella   Your discussion brings up another interesting  question - Is Sarcasm, still Sarcasm if the other person (s) do(es) not get the verbal jab ?    I guess it still is actually.

But I can understand the debate.
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Technocrati,
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6/7/2014 | 7:27:32 PM
Re: Sarcasm at Work
@S.N   Some interesting questions   I consider sarcasm to be a part of human nature, usually carried out in an mean spirited way,  That is not to say all sarcasm need be mean spirited.

When used with maturity it can occasionally be helpful in getting an otherwise unheard point across.
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Technocrati,
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6/7/2014 | 7:22:07 PM
Re: Hire a Sarcasm Consultant
@LuFu    Nice.  You mentioned all the greats.   You even threw in Steven Wright for good measure !
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Technocrati,
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6/7/2014 | 7:14:30 PM
Re: Sarcasm Detector Wanted
Regarding the Secret Service's quest to develop a way to measure sarcasm - I  really think our tax paying dollars should be spent elsewhere to be honest.  I understand the Govnerment has talked itself into believing that all forms of social media present a opportunity to find trouble before it starts.

I think the sarcasm detector is a bit much - no sarasm intended.
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LUFU,
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6/7/2014 | 6:18:54 PM
Hire a Sarcasm Consultant
I think Don Rickles is still alive. Get him as the Prime Sarcasm Contractor and he can sub out a lot of the work to Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, and a few others. Too bad George Carlin and Bill Hicks are dead - they'd have all of DC in the snide and sarcastic mode in no time. They could get Steven Wright to fix their sense of irony.
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Bhori,
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6/7/2014 | 5:08:02 PM
Re: Sarcasm Detector Wanted
Ultimately, sarcasm is a polemical tool used by intellectual cowards.  And trolls

@ BillK627: Very well said. I have mostly used sarcasm at work as an opportunity to demonstrate the anger without leaving any proof. Sometimes it's a best way communicate what you are afraid or unable to communicate straightly.

 
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