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4.5 Designing Computational Language

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    • Consider Stephen Wolfram’s iterations of his computational language over the past thirty years. In this course, he contrasts human language evolution with computational language design. On the process of creating a computational language, he states:

      … by designing the computational language, you are controlling the way that people choose to think about things.

      What are the advantages and consequences of having a computational language that is designed?

    • A designed language is very precise so that thoughts formulated in it are universally understood – everyone will know exactly what you mean, with no place for misinterpretation. A disadvantage of this, I think, is limiting the ability to use metaphors, basically limiting human creativity – you end up with a clear language but one that lacks the “vibrancy” of a less clear language.

    • Consider Stephen Wolfram’s iterations of his computational language over the past thirty years. In this course, he contrasts human language evolution with computational language design. On the process of creating a computational language, he states:

      … by designing the computational language, you are controlling the way that people choose to think about things.

      What are the advantages and consequences of having a computational language that is designed?

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