• A heated debate in the AI research community discusses if large pre-trained language models can truly understand language.
  • The debate raises key questions for the broader sciences of intelligence and the development of a new science that explores distinct modes of understanding.

Key terms:

  • AI research community: A group of scientists and researchers focused on studying artificial intelligence.
  • Large pre-trained language models: Advanced AI models that have been trained on vast amounts of data to understand and generate human language.
  • Understanding language: The ability to comprehend and interpret the meaning of written or spoken words and the context in which they are used.
  • Broader sciences of intelligence: The interdisciplinary study of various aspects of intelligence, including biological, psychological, and computational perspectives.
  • New science of intelligence: A proposed field that aims to provide insight into distinct modes of understanding, their strengths and limitations, and the challenge of integrating diverse forms of cognition.


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