Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Annotated Working Draft of Final Project and Hot Spots in Computational Linguistics

1. Communication and Persuasion in Software Design
The entirety of my field is focused on communication, between two people or between a person and Siri, and yet much of it lacks apparent persuasion. However, the field changes constantly, and Siri's ability to comprehend nuance is improving daily.

2. Storytelling in Software Design
Storytelling in my field equates to being able to identify and analyze issues, create solutions, and then convey this to those in power to make a difference. This requires both the ability to express such issues and to comprehend others expressing similar issues.

3. The Brief and Bold History of Software Design
People have been desperately struggling to get others to understand them since the beginning of time. Now, we are attempting to create coding that can understand us as well.

4. Institutional Authority and Communication in Software Design
The Association for Computational Linguistics runs most of the show. It was designed in order to help many separate research threads compile and assimilate their research, so as to increase overall knowledge and understanding in the field.

Super Sizzlin' Spots
1. (Field) Computational Linguistics has to do with the literal and minute details of communication between man and tech. The many aspects of language that we disregard as elementary are, in fact, the most difficult to reproduce and analyze.

2. (Personal) There is no computer program or software in existence that is able to comprehend human speech like you and I do and it is very likely there never will be. The means by which robots understand us is so foreign, it is difficult to grasp. This distinction is easily one of the most fascinating I have ever come across.

3. (Historical) The history of the field is brief and volatile. Research is constantly being done and technological breakthroughs occur one, maybe twice a week.

To clarify, Computational Linguistics is what my field narrows into. I assumed that doing simply "Software Design" would simplify this process. Oh, how wrong I was. I would like to specify more precisely what I will be discussing.


  1. I think you should expound on your second "super sizzlin' spot" (love your word choice there). I think that computers and machines will always be trying to figure out human speech because human speech always changes.

  2. That second hotspot is spot on. Robots vs Humans is an up and coming topic, one in which I think a lot could be said in a way to persuade others to follow your thinking. I'd love to hear more about how robots and software understands us, and how that affects those within and outside of the field.