June 20, 2012

DeeChee Learns to Speak

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Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK believe that a robot can learn language just as infants do. They built DeeChee, a 3 foot tall humanoid that was able to produce any English syllable, but no words. Because he (although considered gender neutral,) was programmed to recognize encouragement, it helped him to learn to form words. Humans were used to teach DeeChee simple words for shapes and colors as they would any infant.

Study leader Catherine Lyon claims that part of the difficulty is that because some connective words like "with" or "of" are spoken in different ways, they are more difficult to recognize, while concrete words, like nouns or colors, almost always come up the same.

Via Phys Org

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 20, 2012 11:03 AM
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