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Does AI Really Speak Our Language?

Thanks to advances in deep learning—the subset of AI that solves problems by finding correlations between data points—computers have become very good at handling tasks that involve the processing and generation of language.

Robots that look and sound human, digital assistants that can place calls on our behalf and book restaurant tables, email apps that can predict and complete our sentences with decent accuracy, translator apps that can give you near-real-time translations, bots that can generate news stories—they’re all powered by artificial intelligence.

All these developments can give the impression that AI has mastered language, one of the most complicated functionalities of the human mind. But there are fundamental differences between the way humans and AI handle language, and not understanding them can create false expectations about AI’s language-processing capabilities.

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