A picture is worth a thousand words.

But the task of figuring out what’s going on in a picture has left computers speechless — until now. New language tech is making it happen. But what are the ethical issues connected with this kind of task?

Computational linguist Matt Purver talks to Daniel Midgley on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Liberals swear more on Twitter than rightwingers, says study
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/16/liberals-swear-more-on-twitter-than-rightwingers-says-study

Paper: Twitter Language Use Reflects Psychological Differences between Democrats and Republicans
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0137422

Cheering German crowds greet refugees after long trek from Budapest to Munich
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/05/refugee-crisis-warm-welcome-for-people-bussed-from-budapest

Germany expects over a million refugees this year
http://www.smh.com.au/world/germany-expects-over-a-million-refugees-this-year-20151011-gk6i29.html

Germany translates its constitution into Arabic to help refugees integrate
https://www.rt.com/news/317115-germany-translates-constitution-arabic/

Austria: German language app launched for migrant children
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/austria-german-language-app-launched-migrant-children-1523164

New German language app for refugee kids
http://www.thelocal.at/20151008/austria-launches-language-app-for-refugee-children

German Lessons for Young Refugees: New Words for Farid
https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/mag/20505317.html

Duolingo Plans To Offer Free German Lessons To Syrian Refugees
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/duolingo-german-lessons-syrian-refugees_5602e8e7e4b0fde8b0d0e792?section=australia&adsSiteOverride=au

Duolingo: German for Arabic Speakers
https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/de/ar/status

Cute kitten
http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/clubpenguinpookie/images/d/d0/Extremely-cute-kitten_large.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140614000321

Two guys playing frisbee
http://il8.picdn.net/shutterstock/videos/2360786/thumb/1.jpg

Privacy ends October 13, 2015
http://www.echo.net.au/2015/09/privacy-ends-october-13-2015/

Metadata laws to be introduced on Tuesday, but there are still some unanswered questions
http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/metadata-laws-to-be-introduced-on-tuesday-but-there-are-still-some-unanswered-questions/story-fn5j66db-1227561529736

Scott Ludlam: #StopDataRetention
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/campaigns/stopdataretention

Egg corn: “To the manner/manor born”
http://www.word-detective.com/2011/10/to-the-manner-manor-born/

More eggcorns
http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/02/when-does-wrong-become-right/


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