Artificial Intelligence

Language Is The Next Great Frontier In AI

April 13, 2022
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One of the central goals of artificial intelligence has always been creating machines that can understand language. While humanity has yet to build a machine intelligence with human-level mastery of language, the past few years have brought some game-changing breakthroughs in language A.I.

Language is the cornerstone of human intelligence.

The emergence of language was the most important intellectual development in our species’ history. It is through language that we formulate thoughts and communicate them to one another. Language enables us to reason abstractly, to develop complex ideas about what the world is and could be, and to build on these ideas across generations and geographies. Almost nothing about modern civilization would be possible without language.

Building machines that can understand language has thus been a central goal of the field of artificial intelligence dating back to its earliest days.

It has proven maddeningly elusive.

This is because mastering language is what is known as an “AI-complete” problem: that is, an AI that can truly understand language the way a human can would by implication be capable of any other human-level intellectual activity. Put simply, to solve language is to solve AI.

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