Does AI Understand Things?

Have Large Language Models (LLMs) demonstrated “theory of mind”?; Do LLM representations map onto the real world?; Can (and should) we slow down AI development?; Is AI myopic? What’s the symbolic future of AI?; These are key subjects of discussions between Robert Wright (Nonzero, The Evolution of God, Why Buddhism Is True) and American psychologist and cognitive scientist Gary Marcus (, Humans vs. Machines, The Algebraic Mind, Kluge).

Robert Wright is an American author and journalist known for his wide-ranging interests in philosophy, society, science, history, politics, international relations, and religion.

The insightful conversation between the two was recorded on February 13, 2024.