Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Language-learning robot?

Japan is once again leading the way in sort-of-creepy-but-still-pretty-damn-cool robots. The child-like robot below, known as CB2, has some interesting language-learning abilities:
In coming decades, [Osaka University professor Minoru] Asada expects science will come up with a "robo species" that has learning abilities somewhere between those of a human and other primate species such as the chimpanzee.

And he hopes that this little CB2 may lead the way into this brave new world, with the goal to have the robo-kid speaking in basic sentences within about two years, matching the intelligence of a two-year-old child.
Read the full article here, or just check out the video below. So far, all the robot appears to be able to say is "e" え.

1 comment:

  1. Well they're not even speaking to the little guy. No wonder all he can say is es-e.

    I wonder how often they have to reboot him.