Today's Hindustan Times is only the latest publication to carry this assertion I've seen made, in different forms, for years:
"A report in Forbes magazine in 1987 said that Sanskrit is the most precise language and hence suitable language for computer software."
Does anyone have proof for this statement? That is, a link to the article in Forbes? Or if someone has a paper version of the said article, I'll pay for you to snailmail me a copy.
I want to know if there was indeed such an article. I'd also like to know what's meant by "most precise language" and "suitable language for computer software."
As a software dabbler myself, and because I was actively interested in Artificial Intelligence at the time, I remember Rick Briggs' paper that made waves in 1985, Knowledge Representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence. (The paper is available in all kinds of places, like here).
Briggs contended that Sanskrit grammar held profound lessons for AI researchers interested in natural language understanding. He saw parallels to the techniques of AI, remarking on the "surprising equivalence of the Indian analysis to the techniques used in applications of Artificial Intelligence". There's plenty more of interest in that paper -- I remember poring over it back in '85.
But if this is the source of the statement attributed to Forbes, there's something I'm missing. Briggs makes no claim about it being a "suitable language for computer software". Not least because such a claim, about any natural language, is meaningless.
Any thoughts welcome.