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ICTs for South Africa's indigenous languages should be a national imperative, too

South Africa has 11 official languages with English as the language of business, as decided during the post-Apartheid negotiations. In practice, that decision has resulted in the other 10 being sidelined, which holds even more so for the nine indigenous languages, as they were already underresourced. 1,454 more words

Computer Science

Get Smarter About the AI Apocalypse

There’s something nice about all this media attention being given to the AI these days.  It’s nice for one’s work to be seen as important or world-transforming.  3,000 more words

News & Events

An Inside Look at the 2017 Alexa Prize Finals

The Alexa Prize is an annual university competition to advance the state of Conversational AI. Last November, Rohit Prasad, vice president and head scientist, Alexa Machine Learning, and I had the pleasure of… 114 more words


A Short Grammar of Body, Mind and Earth in the Winter Woods

Distance is light, but darkness warms and invites. More specifically, the middle distance, deep within the complexity of nerves, within the body itself, comforts and invites with shelter. 582 more words

Nature Photography

Recognising Words (Part 1)

I have a part-time web development job. One page of this site shows text in two languages side by side. We want to be able to mouse-over a word in the source language on the left and have the translated word (or words) highlight in the other column. 1,380 more words


How to Speak Practically: Introduction to Pragmatics

Pragmatics, a broad term within philosophy, is often associated with John Dewey and the other pragmatists. However, pragmatics within linguistics has a different meaning, a meaning not to be conflated with pragmatic philosophy. 1,929 more words