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Yoav Shoham | Understanding Understanding

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PDT

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Madeleine Wright
HAI Weekly Seminar

Understanding Understanding

The question of whether machines can really understand. Lovelace and Searle thought not. Turing thought yes. (Ok that’s not totally accurate, but let’s not ruin a good story.) With the advent of LLMs the question has resurfaced in force, again with some strong skeptics such as Bender et al. In this seminar, Yoav Shoham shares his views, based mostly on work at AI21 Labs. Spoilers: (1) He’s with Turing. (2) LLMs, as currently built, are necessary but not sufficient. (3) The question is more interesting than the answer.


Yoav Shoham

Yoav Shoham

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Stanford University