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From: "Marcia Karp" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: Spelling checkers
> Nancy Gish wrote:
> >Since the
> >computer is a binary system, it only knows A or B. It has no nuance.
> While our computers are binary at a machine level -- bits are on or
> off -- what you say is not true. Even the clumsiest of languages allow
> for multiple-decision- or knowledge-trees. As for nuance, it is old
> news, but worth repeating, that programs are limited (and also freed) by
> the state of the art and the skill of humans in using it. And as for
> knowing, I think we agree this is a metaphorical useage.