Steven Pinker is one of the greatest and sanest minds of our time – a true polymath who uses scientific data to guide us. He is a Johnstone Professor at Harvard University and the author of many books. He shares his thoughts with us on topics like the origin of language, identity politics, free will, climate change denial and social media.
Languages are more complex than we might think, and to get artificial intelligence to understand them on our level is a tough task. Dr. Abhijit Mahabal has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and he has spent a decade at Google working with algorithms for natural languages. He explains what the difficulties are but also the big values of language.
On May 20th, the publishing house Fri Tanke arranged a symposium with world famous evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and a long list of other scientists and intellectuals. There were fascinating exchanges of knowledge and arguments on exciting topics such as evolution, AI, language and human enhancement. Here is a summary!