Laura considered the recent statement by Elon Musk that language may well disappear in the next five years as an effect of technology.
“This is not something that we have the technology to achieve based on what we have now,” Laura stressed, “However, it is a thought experiment worth thinking about. Technology could help those who have disadvantages. However, we don’t want to reach the point where we’re reading each other’s thoughts.”
When asked on how technology could affect the way we communicate and talk, Laura responded: “I dare say it would, but whether it would be for better or worse, I don’t know. As linguists, we wouldn’t say any form of communication is better or worse.”
Listen to the full episode on Soundcloud (Laura’s segment begins at 37:57).