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Do machines understand more than they did?


To be able to communicate in ordinary English, a machine must have access to common sense information about the real world. The first computer systems to attempt such communication lived in very limited worlds. Now, with a “second generation” of programs, those worlds are widening, although the exact significance of the recent advances is still in dispute.

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Wilks, Y. Do machines understand more than they did?. Nature 252, 275–278 (1974).

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