Sent to you by Sean McBride via Google Reader: Scientist develops
programme to understand alien languages via Accelerating
Intelligence News on 10/17/08 John Elliott of Leeds Metropolitan
University has developed a program to compare the syntax of an alien
language to 60 different languages in the world. If aliens are much
smarter than us, there would a lot of words packed into phrases (a
measure of ability to process multiple ideas), he says, and the program
should also be able to break a language up into crucial words such as
nouns and verbs, even though their meaning is unknown. (Source:
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