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Media: Robots Invent a Language

Submitter: Mfon Udoinyang

Submitter Email: mfon@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
General Linguistics
Language Acquisition

Media Body: An ExtremeTech online article of May 17 by Alan Henry reports that a group
of Australian researchers have managed to teach robots how to invent and
use spoken language. The goal of the research is to understand how language
evolves and develops naturally over time.

The robots or LingoDroids are equipped with microphones, speakers, cameras,
range finders, and sonar that they use to map their surroundings and speak
to one another.

You can read more on this at:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2385530,00.asp
Issue Number: 22.3836
Date Posted: May 19, 2011

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