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Software Language Makes First Step Towards AI? Hardly.

Posted by n_alex on June 20, 2005 at 12:02 AM PDT

First of all, I know bad reporting very well, because I've done my share of it. The first step in writing a misleading technology article is to step out of your domain of expertise. I daresay the person who wrote the article in question doesn't know up from down in cognitive linguistics or AI. That said, I'm no Ph.D. in cognitive linguistics or AI either. But I just-so-happen to have been recently studying the problem of polysemous prepositions in natural language semantics, and I do think the editors over at news.softpedia.com are taking the public for a ride down fantasy la-la lane.

Maybe they're not doing it on purpose, but that's the first thing that popped into my mind. The softpedia article proposes that ISO 18629 "Makes the first step towards AI." The title alone is ridiculous. When I read the article, (you should, if you want to understand what follows), I came to my la-la lane conclusion.

The article begins "Mankind is making the first steps towards artificial intelligence, or AI if you like." and then proceeds to explain why, apparently oblivious to the steps folks have been making in so-called "AI" for quite awhile.

The proof cited in the article?

If a person who hears the commands

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