Monday, November 06, 2006

NASA's take on Sanskrit!

Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language, that has been the mother of a variety of modern day langauges, as well as a rich source of information in the form of the vedas/upanishads, etc. has been given a new task...that of knowledge representation for Artificial Intelligence, according to Rick Briggs, who is a part of the NASA research center.

Some excerpts...

there is a widespread belief that natural languages are unsuitable for the transmission of many ideas that artificial languages can render with great precision and mathematical rigor.


But this dichotomy, which has served as a premise underlying much work in the areas of linguistics and artificial intelligence, is a false one. There is at least one language, Sanskrit, which for the duration of almost 1000 years was a living spoken language with a considerable literature of its own. Besides works of literary value, there was a long philosophical and grammatical tradition that has continued to exist with undiminished vigor until the present century. Among the accomplishments of the grammarians can be reckoned a method for paraphrasing Sanskrit in a manner that is identical not only in essence but in form with current work in Artificial Intelligence.

Here is an example of the grammar of Sanskrit..

Sanskrit Semantic Net System

An in-depth explanation of the use of Sanskrit for knowledge representation has been provided in this article...of course, some other wonderful accomplishments of Indian philosphers, thinkers and mathematicians have also been enumerated, such as the zero and the binary system...

Zero Mathematical Symbol

Binary Number System

Well, this is a great phenomenon...if we can throw some light on the discoveries from the Indian past and put them to use in the present day world.


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