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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/9/2014 | 3:30:17 PM
Re: Gov vs Humor
There is hope for the future of funny in the government (at least for today).

@CIA

"We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet."


@Michelle- That is hilarious. Good for the CIA. I wonder how many contractors, vendors, and consultants it took to do that? But seriously, am I the only one uncomfortable with the idea of the CIA having a Twitter account?
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/9/2014 | 3:27:52 PM
Re: Sadly we do need this
@snunyc- funny enough, I like exercising my own BS detector. But I HATE when I don't get sarcasm and look like a fool.

That said, it would be nice if Google, Facebook, or someone else invented a plug-in that could put "We know this to be not factual" tags on articles, pictures, etc that infect the internet.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/9/2014 | 3:12:40 PM
Re: Sadly we do need this
Even if the government realizes it can't be done, you know who can do it? Facebook and Twitter.

 


Eh, I would give Google the nod on figuring out how to do it before Facebook and Twitter.


@progman2000- I see that. google has a lot of skill in natural language processing. But I think FB and Twitter have the leg up on the number of free sarcastic posts they can experiment on. :)

I guess my real question is-- what's in it for Google to solve this?
impactnow
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6/9/2014 | 1:23:10 PM
Re: Sadly we do need this
The sarcasm dtector really is needed in any kind of social media analysis. There is a big difference between really and REALLY? While we perform lots of anyalysis on social media sentiment the accuracy still is not there. I wish the government the best of luck but with our language evolving everyday,( who knew what cra cra was 5 years ago) it is a very tall order. They may get closer but I doubt they will ever crack the code completely.
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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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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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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