The author exemplifies three types of ambiguity that the introduction of semantics or of AI methods might be expected to solve: word sense, structural, and referential ambiguity. From this point of view she examines the works of Schank, Riesbeck, Minsky, Charniak, and Wilks, and she comes to the conclusion that the systems described will not be of much help for the development of operational MT-systems, except within a well-defined, constrained world. The latter aspect is illustrated by the author by means of a description of the Edinburgh Mecho-project. But, as the vast majority of texts destined for MT does not come from a constrained world, such systems will hardly be used as MT production systems. Still, MT-systems like Eurotra give the chance of making intelligent use of AI ideas. 16 references.