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I was invited to deliver a few remarks at an HAI symposium on OpenAI’s GPT-3 project, at the end of October. I chose for my title “Is it possible for language models to achieve language understanding?” I’ve had many lively discussions of this question with different groups at Stanford recently, and I am finding that my own thinking on the matter is extremely fluid. This post outlines what I currently plan to say at the symposium, though my motivation in posting it now is partly to see if subsequent discussion leads me to change my mind.

Is it possible for…

Christopher Potts

Professor of Linguistics and Director of CSLI, Stanford. Computational semantics and pragmatics, running, hacking.

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