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State of The Union, Speech Patterns

Posted by bouncing on 2004-06-04 07:42:49


I'm assuming that if the checksum does not match the sentece, the sentence would be repeated. This system could cause speeches like President Bush's State of The Union to take days, if not weeks.

Example: "We don't take a bunch of polls and focus groups to tell us what -- to how to, to how to -- to what we ought to do in the world. [Checksum]" ... BEEP ... CHECKSUM FAILED!

Secondly, as human language is learned intuitively, there is some reason to assume that humans are predisposed to the structure of human languages. All languages work about the same way with the same parts of speech, so adding an entirely new part of speech that checksums the prior parts of speech -- presumably based on spelling, since pronunciation is itself variable -- may not be in the ability of the human mind's language parsing ability.

I think a more viable way of reducing the overall error rate in English would be to remove words that sound too similar. No more rhyming or poetry. Or maybe, we should just learn esperanto, which has supposedly far fewer words than English. Then we can all go start a geek colony on an abandon desert island... Like New Mexico.


Checksum (2004-06-03 16:06:46)
Ok, well, the most obvious problem with [new years resolution
about getting a girlfriend] is that the intended outcome relies on
variables which are out of my control. It's a matter of chance,
luck, being in the right place at the wrong time, what have you.
Obviously, it also relies on the willful participation of
another human being. Since the only people we control are
ourselves, making resolutions -- promises to ourselves -- which
require the involvement of others, who may or may not want any
part of the game, is like sitting at home and cheering a
football team, and then saying "We won! We won!" when in fact
you had absolutely nothing to do with any of it. Or something
like that.
- Bitscape, Random Rambling, 01 August 2000