Good post Kanishk Priyadarshi !
I am interested in Cognitive Computing Research and this is what matters most for me :
While “language is not thought,” Pinker says, “it allows us to exchange an unlimited number of ideas using a finite set of mental tools.”
This might be particularly inspiring to coders, who would like to begin programming cognitive applications that understand meaning and can generate ideas for which there may not yet be words. For example, a computer trained on product attribute data, could generate the phrase “salty caller” to automatically cluster and segment customer call-center callers into a new psychographic segment, even if it lacks newer words such as “snarky” to describe millennial customers.
Accelerating the development of such novel cognitive applications requires the existence of pre-trained cognitive platforms. This is analogous to Chomsky’s hypothesis that human babies are “pre-wired with universal grammar.”
To revisit Pinker: language is not synonymous to thought, but still “allows for open ended creativity, expression of unfamiliar meaning, and the production of a vast number of combinations” — just as a hacker might begin using a cognitive platform to produce a vast number of “Smart apps”, “Cognitive apps”, and eventually “AI apps”.