Tag Archives: language

Stanford AI software to comprehend what humans write

from MachinesLikeUs:

“The problem of the age is information overload,” said Manning. “The fundamental challenge I’m going to talk about is how we can get computers to actually understand at least a reasonable amount of what they read.”

As computers make more sense of what’s online, they will deliver more relevant search results and will help summarize, structure and act on information that individuals care about, much like a personal assistant.

DARPA looks to build real-life C3P0

from WIRED:

Darpa, the military’s experimental research agency, is launching the Robust Automatic Translation of Speech program to streamline the translation process.

The RATS software will be programmed with voice-recognition technology, to identify people on a military most-wanted list. It’ll also be able to automatically detect specific, preselected “key words or phases.”

Computer system being developed to define vague phrases

from The Press and Journal:

Political speeches containing words with no real meaning could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to research carried out by an Aberdeen University academic.

Computer scientist Kees van Deemter has been examining vague phrases commonly used, and is developing a computer system that can decipher their meaning.

[...] Whereas a computer can understand what the wind speed is by being given an exact figure, this measurement would be meaningless to the average man on the street. However that man would understand what it meant if the wind speed were described as ‘strong’, for example.

Could written language be rendered obsolete?

from SmartMobs:

THE FUTURIST – January 29th, 2010

If written language is merely a technology for transferring information, then it can and should be replaced by a newer technology that performs the same function more fully and effectively. But it’s up to us, as the consumers and producers of technology, to insist that the would-be replacement demonstrate authentic superiority. It’s not enough for new devices, systems, and gizmos to simply be more expedient than what they are replacing—as the Gatling gun was over the rifle—or more marketable—as unfiltered cigarettes were over pipe tobacco. We owe it to posterity to demand proof that people’s communications will be more intelligent, persuasive, and constructive when they occur over digital media, and proof that digital media, and proof that illiteracy, even in an age of great technological capability, will improve people’s lives.

I first see a form of visual language overtaking our present rudimentary mouth-sounds. But after that – who knows?