IEEE Spectrum: Natural Language Processing Dates Back to Kabbalist Mystics. “While specific technologies have changed over time, the basic idea of treating language as a material that can be artificially manipulated by rule-based systems has been pursued by many people in many cultures and for many different reasons. These historical experiments reveal the promise and perils of attempting to simulate human language in non-human ways—and they hold lessons for today’s practitioners of cutting-edge NLP techniques. The story begins in medieval Spain.”
The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation has created a digital archive for some of the works of Eknath Easwaran. “The Library is an easy-to-use platform offering rich video and audio talks previously unavailable to our worldwide audience. In these talks, Easwaran is speaking to his close students about the teachings of the mystics, spiritual living, and his own eight-point program of passage meditation. The talks have been curated to cover Easwaran’s signature themes across all the different decades of his teaching and new content is published every two weeks.” The Library is free. Unfortunately, it does not appear that subtitles are available.