Today’s featured Forbes article highlights ChatGPT’s surprising ability to understand and generate text in foreign languages, despite being primarily trained on English text. It raises concerns regarding AI ethics and law, emphasizing the need for addressing potential biases, content moderation, and the scope of AI applications.
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The noted author Geoffrey Willans professed to say that anyone who knows no foreign language knows nothing of their own language.
Do you agree with that bold assertion?
Let’s give the matter some serious thought.
First, perhaps we can agree that anyone that knows only one language could be labeled as being monolingual. Their native language is whatever language they have come to know. All other languages are said to be foreign to them, thus, if they opt to learn an additional language we could contend that they have picked up a foreign language.
Second, I assume we can concur that anyone that knows two languages could be given the lofty title of being bilingual. For those that know three or more languages, we will reserve the impressive label of being multilingual. An aspect that we might quibble about consists of how much of a language someone must know in order to be considered fluent enough in that language to count as intrepidly knowing an additional language. Hold onto that vexing question since we’ll come back around to it later on herein.
Got a quick question for you.
How are you when it comes to being a language-wielding wizard?
You undoubtedly have friends or colleagues that speak a handful of languages, maybe you do likewise. The odds are that you are probably stronger in just one or two. The other languages are somewhat distant and sketchy in your mind. If push comes to shove, you can at least formulate fundamental sentences and likely comprehend those other languages to some slim degree.
The apex of the language gambit seems to be those amazing polyglots that know a dozen or dozens of languages. It seems nearly impossible to pull off. They imbue languages as easily as wearing a slew of socks and shoes. One moment conveying something elegant in one language and readily jumping over into a different language, nearly at the drop of a hat.
On social media, there are those polyglots that dazzle us by quickly shifting from language to language. They make videos in which they show the surprise and awe of others that admire their ability to effortlessly use a multitude of languages. You have surely wondered whether the polyglot was born with a special knack for languages or whether they truly had to learn many languages in the same way that you learned the two or three that you know. This is the classic question of whether language learning is more so nature versus nurture. We won’t be solving that one herein.[…]
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