Can A.I. Help Us Understand Babies?

Sunday, February 4, 2024

What Is It

Artificial intelligence is everywhere in our day-to-day lives and our interactions with the world. And it's made impressive progress at a variety of visual, linguistic, and reasoning tasks. Does this improved performance indicate that computers are thinking, or is it just an engineering artifact? Can it help us understand how children acquire knowledge and develop language skills? Or are humans fundamentally different from machines? Josh and Ray decode the babble with Michael Frank, Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University and Director of the Symbolic Systems Program.

Transcript

Transcript

Josh Landy  
Does A.I. learn language the way a human baby does?

Ray Briggs  
How does anyone learn to speak?

Josh Landy  
Could A.I. change the way we teach our kids?

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Harold G. Neuman

Sunday, January 28, 2024 -- 1:30 PM

That is a very interesting

That is a very interesting question. ..interesting, I think, because it is highly speculative, and at the present, intersection of science and philosophy, lacking any real evidence either pro or con. Sort of like questions around the origins and situation of consciousness: we know, or think we know, what it means to be conscious in the human sense. But, we can't put a nail in it. Yet. Understanding babies of any kind requires speculation as well as an experiential view, insofar as they have no vocabulary with which to tell us what they need or want. We kind of know when they are hungry and definitely know when a diaper change is paramount. AI has no point of reference on such matters. I fail to see how it could have one.

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Daniel

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 -- 6:02 PM

Isn't one of the main goals

Isn't one of the main goals an understanding of how natural cognitive systems work by designing an artificial one which produces the same results? Speaking just about the science independent from practical applications, the apparent goal could reasonably be described as generating a simulation which answers questions about how what is simulated works. If that's the case, then alternate models of informative simulation would have to be excluded, which leads me to the same conclusion which you have reached, as no single simulation-model, so far as I'm aware, excludes the alternates and therefore can not be structurally informative. Is this a fair assessment of your point?

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gptdeutsch

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 -- 11:06 PM

Exploring the intersection of

Exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence and infant cognition opens fascinating avenues for understanding human development. This discussion on whether AI can aid in comprehending babies offers valuable insights into both fields. With the assistance of ChatGPT, bridging these disciplines becomes an exciting journey of discovery and learning, propelling our understanding of the complexities of early cognitive processes.

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chatgptfrancais

Friday, February 23, 2024 -- 12:39 AM

The exploration of artificial

The exploration of artificial intelligence's role in understanding human cognition and language development, as discussed in this episode, sheds light on intriguing intersections between technology and psychology. ChatGPT Francais recognizes the ongoing efforts to decode the complexities of human learning, and it's fascinating to contemplate how AI might contribute to our understanding of these intricate processes.

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