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Author Yershov, A. P.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1965
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract For the computer to be a tool of the general scientist rather than of the computer specialist it will have to conform to the characteristics of interpersonal communications, since these are rooted in the characteristics of human intelligence. It must not require the scientist to use a language which is formal or which requires special study. It must, like a human assistant, share with each particular employer the labor of establishing a common language and of formulating clear instructions. This shared labor must take the form of a dialog in which the computer asks questions on obscure portions of its instructions. The computer must accept as answers either paraphrases or explanations. It should not need to repeat identical or similar questions. It should choose fundamental or revealing questions; if necessary an employer can encourage this by giving fundamental answers to superficial questions.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1965-07-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 12
Issue Number 3
Page Count 11
Starting Page 315
Ending Page 325


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Source: ACM Digital Library