This is for an assignment. I'm supposed to find out all I can about them, so I thought, why not ask the smartest IT people I know?
Personally, I think a natural language interface is pointless. The reason to use one would be for simplicity, but I don't see how it could be simple. You (or a user) wouldn't have to learn, say, DOS commands, but you would still have to learn the syntax that would be accepted by the computer as commands. There are too many different dialects, and different ways of saying things, that a human would understand but a computer would not.
Now, if we could make a computer like the one on the Enterprise, that might be a good use for a natural language interface. Like when Picard says, "Computer, locate Dr. Crusher." And the computer replies, "Dr. Crusher is not aboard the Enterprise." Now that would be cool!
The question also asks what applications a natural language interface would be most appropriate for...but I just can't think of any besides the Enterprise computer I already mentioned.
So do you all have any other ideas for me?
I don't want anyone to do my homework for me, but I am supposed to do research, and I think a part of that is asking professionals about the subject. So this would qualify.
The other part of the question was "Are there any successful systems?" I would say no, but my book says there are some with limited success. I still think it's not even worth looking into, unless you can make an Enterprise computer.
Am I right or wrong? What do you think?
This post has been edited by OliveOyl3471: 04 February 2009 - 12:56 AM