If it’s Friday, it must be baby robot day. Or something.
The University of Plymouth is preparing to embark on a four-year
project to teach a 3 foot humanoid baby robot, the iCub, to talk.
Robotics experts and language development specialists will work
together on the unique research which will include tasks similar to
ordinary toddler games like stacking wooden blocks and fitting shapes
through corresponding holes in a box.
The iCub will arrive in Devon next year and the hope is that it will
be able to name objects and learn simple phrases such as "robot puts
stick on cube." The university beat 31 other entrants to receive £4.7m
in funding for the project. Anyone else slightly put in
g for the project. Anyone else slightly put in mind of the
projects teaching primates sign language? How long before Michael
Crichton writes a book about this?
[via BBC News]