Language and culture are essential to gain access to information
in the post-industrial, global society
Therefore, integrating the human sciences in computing is
not a luxury, but a necessity.
It's a nice machine, but how do I get what I need?
With the Web spanning the whole world, we can no longer use
mono-lingual, mono-cultural solutions. Current efforts are insufficient.
With information channels everywhere, we need to deal with
(multimedia content accounts for 5 % of European GDP)
Languages that are not 'digitized' will not survive
in mainstream socio-economic communication
Case: Human Language Technologies
"Speech is not just the future of Windows, but the future
of computing itself" (Bill Gates).
"Linguists leap to the Web" (Wall Street Journal,
May 30, 2000).
13 of 18 technical employees at Quizit Technologies have
10 of 30 employees at Cymfony have linguistics Ph.D.s.
Hauspie (Flanders) employs more than 1,100 linguists.
Important focal point in R&D programmes (e.g. Verbmobil).