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Artificial Intelligence is based in the view that the only way to prove you know the minds causal properties is to build it In its purest form AI research seeks to create an automaton possessing human intellectual capabilities and eventually consciousness There is no current theory of human consciousness which is widely accepted yet AI pioneers like Hans Moravec enthusiastically postulate that in the next century machines will either surpass human intelligence or human beings will become machines themselves through a process of scanning the brain into a computer Those such as Moravec who see the eventual result as the universe extending to a single thinking entity as the post-biological human race expands to the stars base their views in the idea that the key to human consciousness is contained entirely in the physical entity of the brain While Moravec who is head of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University often sounds like a New Age psychedelic guru professing the next stage of evolution most AI that which will concern this paper is expressed by Roger Schank in that the question is not can machines think but rather can people think well enough about how people think to be able to explain that process to machines This paper will explore the relation of linguistics specifically the views of Noam Chomsky to the study of Artificial Intelligence It will begin by showing the general implications of Chomskys linguistic breakthrough as they relate to machine understanding of natural language Secondly we will see that the theory of syntax based on Chomskys own minimalist program which takes semantics as a form of syntax has potential implications on the field of AI Therefore the goal is to show the interconnectedness of language with any attempt to model the mind and in the process explain Chomskys influence on the beginnings of the field and lastly his potential influence on current or future researchChomsky essentially founded modern linguistics in seeking out
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