ChatGPT raises questions about how humans acquire language
- It has reignited a debate over the ideas of Noam Chomsky, the world’s most famous linguist
When Deep Blue, a chess computer, defeated Garry Kasparov, a world champion, in 1997 many gasped in fear of machines triumphing over mankind. In the intervening years, artificial intelligence has done some astonishing things, but none has managed to capture the public imagination in quite the same way. Now, though, the astonishment of the Deep Blue moment is back, because computers are employing something that humans consider their defining ability: language.