Something incredible happens when you read through machines. You can see things in texts you would be hard pressed to see otherwise. New insights, in questions. I imagine that English teachers will be integrating such methods into their classes increasingly in the coming decades. In this talk, two computer scientists share their journey to read millions of books at once and what they learned from 500 billion words. When did “beft” become “best”? How does war affect cultural output? How many ways have we spelled “argh” and why does it matter? See what questions emerge for you and consider taking their tool for a spin.
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