Lojban?

Has anyone heard of a constructed language called Lojban?

The language was created to test the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis. Another goal or the language is improving human-computer communication.

There is an interesting section about it in the book Mindhacker.

That’s interesting. I did my Master’s thesis on Automated Theorem Proving and translating English into first order logic automatically. To do the translation, we had to use an unambiguous controlled English language called ACE (Attempto Controlled English) as the English language. Seems like a similar thing. Cool.

Sounds like an interesting project…

I wonder if anyone is doing anything with Lojban and computers…

Here’s an article about it:
http://blog.thesilentnumber.me/2008/02/top-7-reasons-to-learn-lojban.html

Apparently only 100 people can communicate with it, so I’m not sure if there is any practical use at the moment. It seems like something for the future:

Those with a computer background can lead development of the first computer applications for the language. Expertise in the language will no doubt be valuable as Lojban becomes recognized as a useful tool for computer applications by the computer industry. Computer-oriented Lojbanists can also aid in developing computer-aided instruction tools or converting existing software to run on new computers.

I did find some software here, but it’s more along the lines of “vim interface to the yahoo jbosnu archives” than communicating with computers:
http://www.lojban.org/tiki/Lojbanic+Software

I moved this thread to the languages section.