Language and Artificial Intelligence — David Adger / Serious Science

Linguist David Adger on the Facebook chatbots experiment, the history of getting the AI to understand and speak human languages and what’s the difference between humans and computers in using language.

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‘A few years ago there was a very weird incident: a bunch of people from Facebook had developed a couple of chatbots and then they got them to talk to each other. And then the chatbots started to develop the way that they were talking to each other, and it began to look really really strange: they started off with English words but actually then the grammar changed, and the chatbots were not really using English sentences. But interestingly enough, the chatbots were still doing what the researchers wanted them to do. ‘

David Adger, Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London

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