Contents: Scientists interested in computational linguistics, wrote a proposal - Different contexts and divergent ideas forced them to negotiate - These interactions, which had their own dynamics, were successful in convincing a foundation's board - In Sept. 1983 a new center for the study of language, CSLI, could start at Stanford.
The Author: After studies in philosophy and physics, the author worked in several laboratories. These experiences aroused his interest in the relationships between science, technology and society. Since 1982 he has focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and the cognitive sciences. In 1993, after many years at the University of Utrecht, he became Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria as well as at Boston College, U.S.A. His main publications are in history and philosophy of science, and in AI.