Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

a literal metaphor machine

 "If I am the verb smile, I like to have a subject that has a face," he said. If something without a face is smiling, it might be an indication that some kind of figurative language is being employed.

From these constituent parts -- and whatever other wild stuff people cook up --  the teams will try to build a metaphor machine that can convert a language into underlying truths about a culture.

"Why Are Spy Researchers Building A Metaphor Program?" - Alexis Madrigal @ The Atlantic