Friday, May 11, 2018

Philosophy Wire: Detecting sarcasm… Not needed.


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2018-05-11]: Researchers have developed a machine translation system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media. It could one day help people on the autism spectrum, who often have difficulty interpreting sarcasm, irony and humor. [1] We have developed sarcasm. And then developed machines who can also detect it. We believe those who cannot detect sarcasm need our help. But it is us who need theirs. Because sarcasm should not be there in the first place. What Is simply… is. A simple as that. Saying something and meaning something else is a trait unique to humans. And it is the result of regression and not a result of progress. You can never mean “something else” than what you say – you can just give a different meaning to what you say. And meaning is something you decide. The only and greatest exhibition of sarcasm from life is that sarcasm does not exist and yet we believe we exercise it. We have built language only to obscure communication. Remove it and you will discover every meaning in the blissful silence left…

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