I really like “Aiming to Learn as We Do, a Machine Teaches Itself” in the NY Times. The field of artificial intelligence is based on the idea of trying to make a computer think like a human. This includes making a computer understand human languages. We take it for granted that we can read words and understand them. How do we make a computer do the same? It is not simple to program a computer to do something that is really obvious for us to do. There’s a certain amount of learning that a computer needs, but even then it can get tripped up.
I’m hoping to learn more about artificial intelligence and language processing in the future. The article mentions IBM’s Watson, but there’s also quite a lot of research in natural language processing, as indicated by this page from IBM. A lot of the research has to do with faster translations and understanding of text.