Automatic transcription of meetings, translation between languages (e.g. Babel Fish), automatic answering of questions, text mining or acess to information through spoken human-computer dialogue… Human Language Technologies are everywhere in our society Mobile phones or web pages use this new technology, “consequently, there is strong demand for graduates with the highly-specialised multi-disciplinary skills that are required in HLT, both as practitioners in the development of HLT applications and as researchers into the advanced capabilities required for next-generation HLT systems.”
- “Create software products that have some knowledge of human language“. As Uskoreit says the most important idea is to create machines which are able to comunicate with people.
- Having a wide range of areas to work. Also, lots of posibilities of finding a job.
- “Become acquainted with new technologies applied to natural languages “. This will help the knowledge of the language that you use.
There are much more. For instance, here we have a list of the objectives for our subject on Human Language Tecnologies. The main objective is to create machines that can speak and listen so they can help us to comunicate.