New words – 30 November 2015

conversational user interface

conversational user interface noun a computer interface that provides information to users in normal, conversational speech in response to spoken requests

Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.

[ 16 September 2015]

ambient computing noun a computing environment that is always available and easy to access by, for example, voice commands

The new Siri is paving the way to what you might call ‘ambient computing’ — a future in which robotic assistants are always on hand to answer questions, take notes, take orders or otherwise function as auxiliary brains to whom you might offload many of your chores.

[ 22 September 2015]

ubiquitous computing noun another phrase for ambient computing

Google, along with other companies and researchers, dreams of so-called ubiquitous computing or ambient intelligence — computers woven into the texture of life as opposed to being separate machines.

[ 27 September 2012]

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  1. Pingback: (EN) – New words: 30 November 2015 | Cambridge University Press | Glossarissimo!

  2. Need your opinion on use of word STATUS, ie., looking for proper spelling when used in plural form…… (How manys status/statuses have you posted on Facebook in one day?) Does Status stand alone as both singular and plural, or must we change the spelling and add (es) when referring to more than one.

    1. Hi Deanie, Cambridge Dictionaries Online does not specify a plural for ‘status’, which mean that the regular plural ‘statuses’ is correct:

      Some people might be tempted to use ‘stati’, but this would not be the correct plural even in Latin – it is a 4th-declension noun, so the Latin plural is ‘status’ but with a long ‘u’ sound – this form is never used in English, however.

  3. For better or worse, the way of the future. English is a special challenge to programmers since it is spoken in so many parts of the world with so many distinctive accents. Even in the UK, some voice systems cannot understand an American!

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