This is a post in our Simple Science Descriptions series of pieces written with the Up-Goer Five Text Editor restricting writers to the ten hundred most used words in English. It's harder than you might think! Send your entries (preferably under 350 words) to jeanyang [at] mit [dot] edu.
I looked at it as a translation problem, so I started with something I had already carefully crafted to be simple and short (but full of technical terms), the mission statement on my homepage:
I work on programming and HCI.
- crowd computing: making people part of the programming system
- online education: helping crowds teach each other
- software development tools: making programming more productive for developers
- end-user programming: making programming easier for everybody
Here's the translation into TenHundred:
I work on better ways to tell computers what to do. Some of the things I do are:
- making people part of the computer's brain
- helping crowds of people learn from each other using computers
- making it faster to tell computers what to do, for people who do it for their jobs
- making it easier to tell computers what to do, for everyone
- Rob Miller, Professor