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Code as Language - Job Talk by Ursula Wolz

Code as Language - Job Talk by Ursula Wolz

University Center
General Public 

Of course code is language, with syntax and semantics for expressing ideas, communicating information, and producing art. Coders get satisfaction when a few lines of code produce the expected result, learn to dig deep when things go wrong, and find joy when the rigid rules of syntax produce serendipitous marvelous results. People do not talk to computers through code. Instead, computer code is a communication medium that allows human beings to communicate with each other through mechanical processes. Computer coding is a precise act, much like writing poetry but coding is about syntax, and poetry is about semantics. Get the code wrong and the meaning is lost. The computer is a tool for expression, but rather than supporting individual creativity, code is increasingly being used to encourage humans to consume, or worse be consumed. This talk examines code as language from three perspectives: as a vehicle for expressing knowledge and rules in artificial intelligence, as a medium through which to tell stories, and as a natural extension of the ancient languages used in textile crafting.

Free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Presented by the Code as a Liberal Art at Eugene Lang College.

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