The BCBL researches a field that will help computers understand puns and irony

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) recently published five research articles, based on a combination of neuroscience, psychology and computing, with the aim of enabling computers in the future to understand the irony characteristic of human language.

The research, led by Canadian neuroscientist Blair Armstrong at the BCBL, is aimed at computers being better able to understand ambiguity, puns and irony in the future.

Armstrong proposes tackling study in this field by combining the contributions of psychology, neuroscience and computational science, with the goal that progress in this combination of disciplines enable machines to communicate more fluently with humans.

Among other applications, these studies signify a step forward in creating a semantic web in which search engines will be more capable of comprehending misunderstandings, double meanings, nuances and ironies in a natural manner, like in natural communication between humans.

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