Paper: On The Present

ACL ID P82-1026
Title On The Present
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1982

theories. They are widely presented and receive the most scholarly attention. The popular and technical press contributes by pub1~cizing our w~]der claims and broadest hopes. ~imilar]y, the press oversells our current systems, leading more careful observers to wonder even about these. Finally, mechanizing the understanding of natural language ~s very difficult. We can not hope to achieve many of our goals in the near future. Making do with the technology now available is very frustrating. All this contributes to we the members of the field gravitating to theorizing and small laboratory studies. We are choosing to focus on the £uture rather than the present. There is a real danger in this state of affairs. The build up of public and institutional expectations without a corresponding emerge...