Sinners, you are not alone. That is the message a Mechanical Nun art project currently underway in San Francisco hopes to deliver. The nun will record your confession, parse your sins, and link those sins to a location. The data will then be made available in an API for visualization on a map so sinners can see they are in good company, and hopefully, as a result, be able to let go of some guilty feelings.
Less than two months ago, Merriam-Webster announced that some of its references would be available via an API. Now, competitor Cambridge University Press has followed suit with the Cambridge Dictionaries Online API. Currently, Cambridge offers five dictionaries through an API (i.e. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge Business English Dictionary, Cambridge Learner’s English-Turkish Dictionary, and Cambridge Leaner’s Dictionary).
For many it’s dream that computer programs would lets us see into the essential meaning of the words of a text like the Bible. Although we don’t have such programs yet, it’s fun to look at efforts moving in that direction.