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Wed, Jan 28

Why Can’t Robots Understand Sarcasm?

Artificial intelligence and algorithms are capable of stunning feats: Computers can sweep Jeopardy! boards, calculate π to a staggering degree, and tweet every word in the English language without developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

But when they depart the realm of mathematics and enter the more nuanced domain of human communication, artificial intelligence often flounders. And that’s being kind: Bots’ understanding of humor is so stunted and feeble, it’s often a punchline itself.

Read more from The Atlantic here.