Artificial intelligence can be defined as “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.” This “intellect” is based strictly on human intelligence and cannot exist without it. Ironically, in order for artificial intelligence to exist, humans must first “teach” the basic understanding of words and phrases through language.
There is a clear connection between humans and AI that is highly technology dependent. However, the difference between the advanced capabilities of AI and humans will forever lie in the fact that AI cannot offer context, meaning, humor, sarcasm, inflection or the inherently human things that make day-to-day interactions with others more meaningful. So perhaps the question shouldn’t be, “Will artificial intelligence affect language?” It should be, “Will artificial intelligence ever truly be able to replicate language?”
The way the human brain processes language and information is a highly complex and fascinating phenomenon. Language is one of the uniquely human traits that no other species possesses, creating a distinct bond between people with the capacity to speak and understand. Although AI is without question becoming more and more advanced – language, and the thought processes involved with understanding the nuances accompanying them, is exclusive to the human experience and we don’t believe that will vanish in our lifetime.