The "polyglot" programming language is called Wyvern (the name comes from a a mythical dragon-like creature with two legs instead of four) and is designed to help unify the way apps and websites are created. The researchers explain:
It's that final point that, presumably, has the NSA interested. While the agency is now most famous for its spying, it has a remit to help keep American digital systems secure. But regardless of what the technology may or may not end up being used for, it still seems pretty smart.
The researchers write, for instance, that the system can automatically sense what you're working on by looking at the data you're working with. Database? You're probably using SQL! It it, obviously, still very much a prototype — but it's open source, so you can take a peek at your unified digital future over at GitHub. [Wyvern via Motherboard]
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