language programming was a big deal in previous years, when people
thought they could simply tell a computer how to program a task.
This had major implications – people who weren’t programmers
could program their computers! IBM did an experiment in the 1980s
in which they pulled a few undergraduate students with no programming
experience in for testing. Giving them simple data processing tasks,
IBM asked the students to phrase their commands in natural language.
Their conclusions created an awareness of the same problems of ambiguity
that had plagued natural language processing researchers since the
field came into existence. Today, there is little research done
on natural language programming.