Thanks to the Replicated Typo blog I've been alerted to an MIT page summarizing a recent panel discussion on artificial intelligence. Besides Noam Chomsky, giants like Steven Pinker, Marvin Minskyand Sydney Brenner. The topic was artificial intelligence, not something this blog focuses on, although my latest post seems to have sparked some such comments. But it was interesting to see that the linguists complain that machines won't get anywhere until they can penetrate to language's meaning.
- Barbara Partee: "Really knowing semantics is a prerequisite for anything to be called intelligence,"
- Noam Chomsky derided researchers in machine learning who use purely statistical methods to produce behavior that mimics something in the world, but who don't try to understand the meaning of that behavior. [Of course there is a big difference between the meaning of a sentence and the meaning of a behavior.\