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On the Computation of Meaning, Language Models and Incomprehensible Horrors
  • Michael Timothy Bennett
Michael Timothy Bennett
Australian National University

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Abstract

We bring together foundational theories of meaning and a mathematical formalism of artificial general intelligence to provide a mechanistic explanation of meaning, communication and symbol emergence. We establish circumstances under which a machine might mean what we think it means by what it says, or comprehend what we mean by what we say. We conclude that a language model such as ChatGPT does not comprehend or engage in meaningful communication with humans, though it may exhibit complex behaviours such as theory of mind.
11 Apr 2024Submitted to TechRxiv
17 Apr 2024Published in TechRxiv
2023Published in Artificial General Intelligence on pages 32-41. 10.1007/978-3-031-33469-6_4