wileyokiley (wileyokiley) wrote in linguaphiles,
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What do we think, folks?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/7268965.stm

Apparently, some robotics experts in England are planning to work with "language development specialists who research how parents teach children to speak," and in doing so are hoping to likewise program their robot to "acquire basic phrases, such as 'robot puts stick on cube'."


I'm a bit startled that BBC journalists think that "parents teach children to speak." And for a four-year project, the entire thing seems a bit ambitious, especially given the project team's designation of the phrase "robot puts stick on cube" as "basic."

That said, I'm not really into language acquisition, machine learning, or AI; what do other folks think?
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