Sri Lankan and South Indian; we shall see.
Colin Tudge explains the crucial difference between @OFRC and @oxfordfarming. The R stands for Real, and also for Radical. Start from what you want, then work out how do do it. http:/
So interesting to see this, not only as a piece of history but also as a personal reminder.
Back when the web was young and shiny, an otherwise extremely intelligent BBC television producer, a friend at the time, asked my help in understanding the promise of the new shinyness, especially in visual terms. I told him about the famous coffee pot web cam (and maybe, also, about the link to the Coke machine).
"Isn't that great," I said, "that you can see whether there's coffee in the pot without having to leave your computer."
"But you could just get up and look."
"Well yes, but the coffee pot could be anywhere in the world."
"What's the point of that? You can't go and get a cup of coffee there."
"True. But it doesn't have to be a coffee pot. It could be, oh, anything."
"I just don't see the point."
Of couse he went on to produce a highly acclaimed series, and much else besides.
The simplest way to describe the attitude of software engineers and companies to linguistic interfacing with their customers would be to say that they do not give a monkey's fart about such matters. Not only do they never have a linguist check the use of language in the programs they expect us to use (that'll be the day), they don't have anybody at all checking it.
If they program interfaces this carelessly, just how likely is it that robots are going to respect the Three Laws of Robotics?
Not just software engineers.
Seeing White from John Biewen and Scene on Radio was far and away the most interesting and valuable series this year. @nwquah