1561[humanmarkup] Re: Martians & Venusians
- Aug 27, 2001How soon can we phase the yahoo list out? This bouncing around and
keepng track, or trying to remember to keep track when all I want to
do is organize my thoughts for a reply is driving me crazy!
It also tells me I'm doing one or two dozen things too many! sheesh!
Such are the benefits of getting home a bit early. I already sent one
reply to the wrong list, but at least I caught this one.
Okay, back on track:
At 5:45 PM +0000 8/27/01, Michael Lacy wrote:
>This got me thinking about some of the limitations of HumanML and IUh, did anyone suggest it was meant to be more?
>thought I'd share with you all:
>1.) HumanML will be nothing more than another "language" for humans
>to use in order to communicate with each other. Some people
>communicate in English, others through music...the point is that
>groups of people communicate with one another through a common
>understanding of a universally accepted language within the group of
>people the person chooses to communicate with.
>2.) Using this new language, people will still be able to expressYup. It won't change that.
>irony, simile, and metaphor in their interactions with others, the
>true meaning of their statements manifesting themselves indirectly
>into a human understandable format, obscuring the truth of their
>feelings behind a safe allusion to a story outside of themselves.
>3.) The more universal the language, the more powerful it will be. OnHumanML is not a medium. The Internet is a medium. TV and radio and
>one level, HumanML is just another communication medium for people to
>learn to express themselves through. On another level, it attempts
>to capture the true feelings of a person and express them with the
>subtlety and directness that face-to-face interaction brings. Think
>about having a conversation with someone else. There are so many
>perceptual clues as to how that person feels, a rolling of the eyes,
>a crossing of the arms across the chest, a heavy sigh. The big
>challenges I see are:
newspapers are media. HumanML is a markup language. Don't conflate
it. It does not attempt anything. People do that stuff.
>(a) how to come up with a set of semantics and syntax to captureThese are objectives for applications not languages.
>these non-verbal gestures in their full detail without trying to
>elaborate every possible variation of every possible feeling; and
>(b) how to get people to feel safety in expressing their trueThis is a very instructive post. It allows a lot of clarification for
>emotions and feelings to other human beings, something we have been
>notoriously bad at for several thousand years.
newcomers. HumanML can't get people to feel safer in expressing their
vulnerabilities, it can allow them to do that by intrinsically giving
tacit permission--saying, in essence, HERE'S A LANGUAGE. YOU CAN
EXPRESS FEELINGS IN THIS LANGUAGE (among other things), and the
unspoken inference is that it's okay to do that. Or, to be more
accurate, it allows application builders to do that.
>I think the challenge we face here is less of a technical problem asAbsolutely. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it take
>it is a human, cultural, societal dilemma...and that's how to get
>people to communicate authentically, with an understanding for other
>people's point of view, and actually care about what they are
>communicating instead of resorting to their unconscious defenses and
>spewing their isolated, judgmental views of the world.
a bath. What we can do is make a language that explicitly improves
fidelity of human communication in digital information systems if
used. That's not spewing, per se, although it can be used for
spewing, and if that's what someone wants or needs to express a
little more explicitly, so be it.
It's up to people to use it and demonstrate that fidelity in all its
senses just makes more common sense, is more cost effective, more
beneficial, and easier than the current state of affairs.
>-mike<snip--loved the planetary gender analysis>
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