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Natural language processing (NLP) naturally evolves with a technology-driven world, and it is integrated into many programs we currently use. As society becomes increasingly aware of the benefits of technology and time becomes more precious, more of the population is using the new gadgets and gizmos that feature NLP. Due to this higher demand, applications are being adapted to interact on a higher level to reach a larger, less programming-savvy audience. While natural language processing may not be able to interact with humans as HAL did in Space Odyssey 2001 in the near future, there are many current applications in place.

Natural language processing’s applications are generally either text-based or dialogue-based. Major text-based applications include word-processing, information extraction and generation, and translation. Major dialogue-based applications include speech processing, natural language programming, and voice recognition.