2017 Sentiment Analysis Symposium, 27-28/06/17, New York, USA

The 2017 Sentiment Analysis Symposium (http://2017.sentimentsymposium.com) takes place June 27-28 in New York, an industry focused conference that tackles the business value of sentiment, opinion, and emotion and the underlying NLP, social, AI, and analytical technologies. Presentation proposals are welcome for the: – Plenary Program – Research and Technology Workshop – NLP and Sentiment in Finance Workshop Submit your proposal at http://2017.sentimentsymposium.com/call-for-speakers. Our proposal deadline is January 31. Accepted speakers receive a free full conference pass for their own use. On the business side, we are inviting talks that focus…

Arrival – To geek out or not?

Alright people, by now you must have seen the movie “Arrival” (not to be confused with the other movie “The Arrival” where Charlie Sheen is chasing after some aliens that look like a satyr but not quite). There are several articles out there talking about the role of the linguists in the movie, or of the fact that we have a sci-fi movie showing how aliens and humans could communicate via language and not just numbers or sounds (anyone remember the mashed potato mountain of… the third kind?:P). I have…

Troy Reimink: ‘Arrival’ a time capsule

BY TROY REIMINK, Nov 25, 2016 Good movies are rarely about what they appear to be about. Most comedies are, right below the surface, quite sad. Most horror movies are political statements. Speculative or dystopian science fiction is always about the present. Post-apocalyptic stories are about pre-apocalyptic society. Zombie movies are about the living. Films about run-amok technology are really about the human beings using it. Movies about extraterrestrials, likewise, are really about the people and cultures here who encounter them. This is true of “Arrival,” the new hit film by…

Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’: When Aliens and Linguists

Uri Klein Nov 26, 2016 2:51 AM Offering a different take on the aliens-invade-Earth 
theme in sci-fi movies, this film considers the power 
of language to transform reality and suggests that 
we reconsider our conception of time. Twelve spacecraft land randomly in 12 different countries, including Russia, China, Pakistan and the United States. These are not broad-winged metallic vessels of the type we’ve become used to in science fiction movies. They are tall, black, sealed and elliptical, and they hover slightly above the ground. Similarly, the pair of aliens that emerge…

‘Arrival’ character raises profile of linguists

MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN | Washington Post The extraterrestrial “heptapods” at the center of the new sci-fi thriller “Arrival” aren’t the only strange, poorly understood creatures in the film. The other aliens, it turns out, are linguists, represented by Amy Adams’s Dr. Louise Banks, an academic field researcher who is recruited by U.S. military intelligence to help communicate with a race of seven-legged E.T.s that have descended on Earth, with intentions unclear, from another world. “A lot of people don’t know what linguists do, or even that we exist, apart from some…