"Lingodroids:" Robots who invent languages?

@Maggiepie (7821)
United States
May 28, 2011 7:40pm CST
Now this is just too cool. Go here to see the details: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43143802/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/robots-invent-their-own-spoken-language But suffice it to say it's a very interesting look at how language evolves. Since I'm in love with words, I find this especially fascinating, as it shows how experience can go from being subjective to being shared linguistically, & in forms non-human! I always enjoy seeing things from an alien point of view. If you do, too, then you're going to love this. One more thing: there are comments there, & the first one is from a pathetically ignorant person. Must be a product of modern public "schools" & undiscriminating pop culture. I can't imagine what else would lead to his really dumb comment! (Whew!) Maggiepie "He that uses many words for explaining any subject, doth, like the cuttlefish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink." ~ John Ray, naturalist 1627-1705
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
29 May 11
Very interesting... And commenter #1 obviously has no idea of the difference between fact and fiction...
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
29 May 11
I know! And it turns out he wasn't the only one! Sometimes I despair of people's intelligence these days. Maggiepie "Flush twice; it's a long way to Washington." ~ Source unknown
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 May 11
wish I were surprised... if it is any kind of good news, its not a new thing - stories have often been mistaken for facts...
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 May 11
That first commenter has taken some Science Fiction movies a wee bit too literally. lol
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
1 Jun 11
Yeah...I get the sad feeling he (she?) is not 11 years old, but some pathetic dweeb living in his parents' basement, on a diet of Cheetos & Pepsi. Maggiepie "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~ Aristotle, philosopher 384-322 BC
• India
29 May 11
its really cool one thing i dont get is 'what could be the purpose of teaching robots new languages?' i mean, we are not in a world like 'i robot' im not saying that only those are robots, just saying other than that, this is a intersting new theory to come up with comment 1: 'these people are idiots! have they not seen terminator or irobot! im not trying to be a slave to robots!!!!' lol
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
29 May 11
I think the idea was just to see what they would do, & perhaps gain knowledge about how languages form in general. The thing I don't understand is how a "creature" with no culture can devise anything other than a rudimentary sort of communication, as they have no connected cultural reference points, as humans do. Maybe this will show us if that's really possible, & if it is, why it is. Maggiepie "Flush twice; it's a long way to Washington." ~ Source unknown
@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
29 May 11
I am a lover of words too. I don't do as well as you do with using them but the etymology of words fascinates me. I want to know why they mean what they do. So this is very interesting to me. It also reminds me of twins secret language. Have you read anything on that?
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
29 May 11
I've heard of twins who invent a private language. I also know a man who invented his own language as a kid. He's brilliant, but quirky. I like him a lot, & he's one of my best friends. Maggiepie "Flush twice; it's a long way to Washington." ~ Source unknown
@BarBaraPrz (20544)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 May 11
Danger! Danger! Warning approaching! Do robots really need their own language? Can't they just learn Klingon like everyone else?
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
29 May 11
Well, you know we humans. We just can't leave well enough alone. Besides, it's also human nature to just see what we can do. If we think it's possible--never mind whether it's useful or healthy--we'll do it just 'cause we can! By the 'bye, is it just me, or does the name for Chinese cabbage sound like Klingon for "You die now!" to anyone else? (Bok! CHOY!!) :^D Maggiepie "Flush twice; it's a long way to Washington." ~ Source unknown