DailyDirt: Baby Language Development
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Devices that can automatically interpret dogs and babies have been promising easy conversations with our loved ones who aren’t quite able to speak intelligibly. (There are even apps for it.) The reality, though, isn’t quite like the talking dogs in the movie Up. But maybe some day, if folks keep working on the technology for it…. Here are some projects that might help out.
- MIT scientist, Deb Roy, has recorded thousands of hours of audio and video of his son’s life, in order to analyze it and learn how babies develop cognitive skills like language. And based on this experiment, Roy is taking time off to develop similar video/audio analytics software that can track commercial TV shows and social media interactions..? [url]
- Priscilla Dunstan claims to have discovered the five universal words that all babies know how to say. In practice, though, trying to decode these sounds is probably pretty close to a game of rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock. [url]
- Studying babies by putting their little heads in fMRI machines sounds like an awesome research project. And maybe fMRI scans will quantify whether or not there really are five universal baby words. [url]
- There’s an app for translating baby cries — offering translations for the “five” different types of baby cries: hungry, sleepy, annoyed, stressed or bored. The source code is probably just a pseudo-random number generator…. [url]
- To discover more interesting baby-related content, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.