Extracting this from an old long @cjd thread on JavaScript, philosophy, mythology, fascism and other things:

> I suspect that in the future, software, written language and speech will meld into one

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Sounds preposterous on the surface, aren't they expressed in entirely different media and social situations?

Well, yes, kind of, but they do blend together today already, if often imperfectly. I imagine they will blend more seamlessly as time move on.

When are they "one"? I don't know.

How would that look? I'm not from the future, not even a futurist.
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I just think the supposedly clear delineations today are already breaking down, and the scale from highly contextual, highly subjective, fuzzy spoken language to very precise, explicitly contextualized, bit-encoded, machine-executable language will become an ever smoother scale until you can't clearly say that this form of expression ends here and the next form starts here.
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Consider these "transgressions", real and some fictional, against the supposedly clear delineation between auditory language, symbolic human language and machine-executable language, in particular "programmed" machine language compiled from human-readable source:

- People actually saying "lol"
- IM written speech
- Sign language
- Literate programming
- Screen readers, voice input
- Natural language processing
- Chat bots
- Wolfram Alpha
- Math
- Lojban
- "programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute"
- Machine learning
- Schlock Mercenary universe "growpramming"
- DSLs
- Virtual assistants (Alexa/Siri/Cortana/Google Now)
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@clacke

Who considers there to be a, "supposedly clear delineation between auditory language, symbolic human language and machine-executable language"?

@hhardy01 I think anyone who sees "software, written language and speech will meld into one" and has the immediate reaction "impossible" has this as an assumption, whether they're aware or not.
@hhardy01 I think we'll always have typical examples of each category, but I think the differences will become, and have been becoming through history, less of a qualitative nature and more of a quantitative nature.
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@clacke

The first alphabetic writing derives from tokens which represented a specific thing, such as a cow, and then the word for cow, and then that initial sound in the word.

Such as aleph, our letter "A".

"These letters are believed to have derived from an Egyptian hieroglyph depicting an ox's head to describe the initial sound of the West Semitic word for ox, preserved in Biblical Hebrew as Eleph 'ox'."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleph

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@hhardy01 Yes. I think that means there is a force that drives balkanization between language forms -- things find new uses within some scope and drift away from their origin.

But we also have forces that drive things together, like how there are spoken forms for math notation, pure functional programming languages, acronyms and spelling reforms.

It does seem that the unifying forces are more deliberate and require cooperation and standardization.
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