In April, Facebook announced that it was working on a project to allow you to turn your thoughts directly into text without you having to speak or type. And Facebook wants to have a prototype within the next two years. "Anything like finding out what our thoughts are is just beyond science fiction," Noam Chomsky, emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT tells Inverse. "The technology essentially tells us nothing in this area. It just is nowhere near advanced enough."
Some of McCarthy's colleagues in neighboring departments, however, were more interested in how intelligence is implemented in humans (and other animals) first. Noam Chomsky and others worked on what became cognitive science, a field aimed at uncovering the mental representations and rules that underlie our perceptual and cognitive abilities. Chomsky and his colleagues had to overthrow the then-dominant paradigm of behaviorism, championed by Harvard psychologist B.F. Skinner, where animal behavior was reduced to a simple set of associations between an action and its subsequent reward or punishment. The undoing of Skinner's grip on psychology is commonly marked by Chomsky's 1959 critical review of Skinner's book Verbal Behavior, a book in which Skinner attempted to explain linguistic ability using behaviorist principles. Skinner's approach stressed the historical associations between a stimulus and the animal's response -- an approach easily framed as a kind of empirical statistical analysis, predicting the future as a function of the past.
Every year, we are confronted with new facts and scenarios emerging out of climate change and global warming, each more terrifying and apocalyptic than the last. In fact, several well-known scientists and tech moguls have made predictions regarding them. Prominent linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky said last year that the COP22 Marrakech climate summit in Morocco, which began on Nov. 7, "basically ceased" to function on Nov.9 after the delegates were confronted with the news that Donald Trump was elected as the next U.S. president. Speaking to over 2,000 people at Riverside Church on Dec. 5, Chomsky also made several related climate change predictions. "The question that was left was whether it would be possible to carry forward this global effort to deal with the highly critical problem of environmental catastrophe, if the leader of the free world, the richest and most powerful country in history, would pull out completely, as appeared to be the case," Chomsky said.
The recent stock market bump and the positive economic outlook may be short-lived, according to renowned political philosopher Noam Chomsky. Last week, the MIT professor claimed the rally could be nearing its end and that he expects another economic crash due to President Donald Trump's cabinet choices. Chomsky questioned Trump's long-held claim that he's against the Washington establishment and specifically pointed to the president's cabinet, which included former Goldman Sachs executive and new Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, according to an interview posted by AlterNet. "Anti-establishment is kind of a joke," Chomsky concluded. "Take a look at Trump and take a look at who's appointed for the cabinet."