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Terminators and pears. Why computational linguistics matters

Aurélie Herbelot

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Thanks to the advent of big data, computational linguistics has made great advances in understanding one of the most fundamental human faculties: the ability to generate and process meaning. The field‘s scientiic breakthroughs underpin much of our digital lives, from Web search to conversational agents. But those breakthroughs rely on the availability of freely accessible language data. As more and more valuable data is concentrated in the hands of a few corporate entities, and research agendas are set by the market, it is unclear who is to own and control the technology. I argue for giving users a direct inluence over language sciences.


Bibliographie: Herbelot, Aurélie: Terminators and pears. Why computational linguistics matters, 360°, 2-2015, S. 85-92.