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Checksum

Started: 2004-06-03 15:58:29

Submitted: 2004-06-03 16:06:46

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I had a bizarre idea not that long ago -- what if spoken languages included a checksum in each sentence so that the recipient would know when she didn't properly parse the sentence or it was garbled in transmission? The language would define some algorithm that a human could easily perform to create a checksum on every sentence. Small children (and non-native speakers) would learn the checksum algorithm as they learned the language itself. The rest of the world would think the language bizarre, but native speakers would know better.

You will always find those who think they know
what is your duty better than you know it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"