22 Replies to “Natural Language Processing”

  1. Why does everyone want speech processing? It is slower than typing for the average person, and it is stupid to tell the computer to do every little thing with speech. The next step is BCI (Brain Controlled Interface) and this will take over mice and keyboards for wireless devices come next gen google glasses (2020?)

  2. @someman7 Why would you replace keyboard with speech commanding? I remember a company wanted to check if people will really want to use this. They invited a customer to command word processor by voice and he could see the app performing his commands. However, it was a secretary hidden behind the wall that using keyboard to perform commands. After 4 hours of the experiment, the customer resigned, being tired of speaking aloud, and having a throat dry. Guess, whether they continued with project?

  3. for example look at Christopher Bishop. He’s a leading scientist in Machine Learning, but when he talks he’s got so much confidence, good posture, deep voice. Seriously, you can learn communication skills, it’s not that hard.

  4. I *do* know these guys (not personally) and they are two of the biggest names in Computational Linguistics and NLP. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t learn anything from these guys. Also, I’m sure they give lots of talks to various audiences. I think they’re just used to talking in a very careful way, because getting it right is more important that sounding confident. They’re not car salesmen.

  5. This course is great but I wish they were more confident, for them and for me and it looks really strange this way, as if I dont listen to humans but to robots

  6. This course is great but I wish they were more confident, for them and for me and it looks really strange this way, as if I dont listen to humans but to robots

  7. This course is great but I wish they were more confident, for them and for me and it looks really strange this way, as if I dont listen to humans but to robots

  8. This course is great but I wish they were more confident, for them and for me and it looks really strange this way, as if I dont listen to humans but to robots

  9. Please Do the course and then tell me if any of the techniques described could “understand” this:”My friend made a snowman in the cold winter night. He brought it in and put it close to the fire place for the rest of us to see the next day. In the morning the snowman was mysteriously gone.” See if any NLP method on this course would extract “meaning”. For example human would wonder:Was snowman made of snow?Your friend retarded or a child?Was fire on?Who moved the snowman?etc. I don’t think so.

  10. you use the keyboard because speech recognition is hard. the big players have built systems which are usable but not perfect. when you you type, words are not ambigous unlike you produce sound. now what NLP does is it takes the words (whether typed or derived from speech, doesn’t matter), and does precisely what you say – it tries to extract the “MEANING” (semantics) from them. strong AI theory proposes no magical step, it requires refining existing methods.

  11. @someman7 The field of AI is around since the invention of the keyboard and the mouse – about 50-ish years ago. N.Chomsky with his grammar made some progress in NLP.Soon it became clear that is not enough to achieve the “natural way of commanding a computer”.Half a century later we still use keyboards and mice! Instead,we were suppose to talk to our PCs and they were suppose to understand us!Just recently we began to use limited gestures. Instead of NPL we should look at how to extract MEANING.

  12. I hear what you say, but then you’ll be missing out on a more natural way of commanding a computer. And all the while you’ll be waiting for something that is not going to happen in your lifetime, if ever (strong AI).

  13. HOW A WORD(and what it represents) IS REPRESENTED IN THE BRAIN? HOW QUESTIONS ARE FORMULATED AND REPRESENTED IN THE BRAIN? Why we are so stupid and want our systems to give us answers when what we really need are systems capable of asking relevant questions? The scientific method begins with “ask a question”.To have THINKING MACHINES we NEED to start from the beginning. The reason I will not subscribe for this course is because it is another example of “beating around the bush” of the real AI.

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