“You won't get a wild heroic ride to heaven on pretty little sounds.”– George Ives
Bill, I just read your paper "Computational Linguistics and the Humanist" (1976). It was sent to me by Mike Caprio. I've always been interested in programming a computer to write a book. Your paper was clear and illuminating with lots of great pathways to further reading, thank you!
Note that the world of computational linguistics has changed A LOT since then. The tech behind IBM's Watson is different from anything we'd imagined back in '76. It's based on statistical principles. The next step forward, I believe, is to blend this statistical tech with the older hand-coded rule-based tech.