グローバル教養科目（The Meaning of Language in the Age of AI）
The Meaning of Language in the Age of AI
【Please note that you are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis in this course.】
Language has long been thought to be primarily or exclusively an ability of humans, but recent advances in large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT and Bard challenge that assumption. In this course, we will discuss the implications of the new LLMs for theories of language, and we will attempt to develop a new linguistic theory that encompasses both natural language and LLMs.
The conventional linguistic theories surveyed will include both the formal approaches of linguists and philosophers such as William Dwight Whitney, Max Müller, Ferdinand de Saussure, Edward Sapir, Roman Jakobson, Leonard Bloomfield, Noam Chomsky, and H.P. Grice and the more informal or naive understandings of language that can be observed in everyday discourse. We will test key aspects of those formal and informal theories against the current LLMs, and, after considering the properties of theories in general, work together to try to create a new theory of language for this era of artificial intelligence.