Do thoughts have a language of their own?
What is the relationship between language and thought? The quest to create artificial intelligence may have come up with some unexpected answers
THE idea of machines that think and act as intelligently as humans can generate strong emotions. This may explain why one of the most important accomplishments in the field of artificial intelligence has gone largely unnoticed: that some of the advances in AI can be used by ordinary people to improve their own natural intelligence and communication skills.
Chief among these advances is a form of logic called computational logic. This builds and improves on traditional logic, and can be used both for the original purpose of logic – to improve the way we think – and, crucially, to improve the way we communicate in natural languages, such as English. Arguably, it is the missing link that connects language and thought.