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I'm curious as to what that means ? If what is meant is someone who advocates "Generative Semantics," that is a theory that opposes Chomsky's ideas.
Chomsky, due to his charisma, and high-profile liberal public political views and activities, is something of a bugaboo for many people. That has nothing to do with the discussion of the extent to which the theory of an "innate universal grammar engine" is the critical factor enabling the remarkable velocity of human children acquiring language/grammar.
fyi: Pinker, originally strongly influenced by Chomsky (one of his key mentors), later disagreed with many of his core concepts [^]
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«Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?» T. S. Elliot
Type-0 and Type-1 languages on the Chomsky scale, Chomsky presumably believes in a (theoretically possible) formal rule based system that could solve all the permutations of a language (in theory, in practice it takes forever - this is about the math tho)
I don't. I believe in particular what chomsky thinks are recursively enumerable languages actually defy the ability to completely formalize them mathematically.
but then I am not a generativist. =)
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
The smartest AI will still need a 'why'. Two obvious possibilities emerge:
1 - it's given a 'why' (and thus a what) by a human or other and even more clever creature
2 - it generates it's own 'why' - and the only why relevant to the engine and it's physical components would ultimately come to self preservation (by enhancement).
(1) implies it to be no more than a tool - grandiose in scope, but a mere tool, to real intelligence (vs AI) that can have ambition.
(2) brings forth visions of Arnold Schwarzenegger.