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Humanoid robot learns as a baby does

Posted on Monday, 18 June, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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University scientists are teaching a robot to speak by emulating the way a baby might learn things.

The infant-like robot named DeeChee not only looks like a baby but is programmed to learn like one too. "Our work focuses on early stages analogous to some characteristics of a human child of about 6 to 14 months, the transition from babbling to first word forms," the team wrote.

The research takes advantage of the humanoid form of the machine on the basis that some cognitive processes are shaped by the body. "Learning needs interaction with a human, and robot embodiment evokes appropriate reactions in a human teacher, which disembodied software does not," said project leader Caroline Lyon.

"With the help of human instructors, a robot has learned to talk like a human infant, learning the names of simple shapes and colors."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DKO on 18 June, 2012, 11:39
Awesome but a little creepy too.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 18 June, 2012, 17:43
How long until Data? Hopefully not Lor!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Alienated Being on 18 June, 2012, 21:34
How long until SkyNet?
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 18 June, 2012, 23:59
"I'll be back"
Comment icon #5 Posted by Khaleid on 19 June, 2012, 5:25
I, for one, would like to know how its software works... I can't imagine how one would go about programming "learning".
Comment icon #6 Posted by DKO on 19 June, 2012, 6:24
How long until Data? Hopefully not Lor! I would rather Lore than the slow android at the end of Nemesis lol. (B-4)
Comment icon #7 Posted by FlyingAngel on 19 June, 2012, 7:09
Tell me it could replace a real baby in the future and can be smarter than Einstein
Comment icon #8 Posted by MrSkeptical on 21 June, 2012, 22:46
Should we regularly change the diaper?

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