At FOO Camp 2011, Dr. Ruth Schulz from University of Queensland discusses Lingodroids, robots that can generate their own language which allows them to communicate with one another. From the Lingodroids site:

The Lingodroids are a pair of mobile robots that evolve a language for places and relationships between places (based on distance and direction). Each robot in these studies has its own understanding of the layout of the world, based on its unique experiences and exploration of the environment. Despite having different internal representations of the world, the robots are able to develop a common lexicon for places, and then use simple sentences to explain and understand relationships between places – even places that they could not physically experience, such as areas behind closed doors. By learning the language, the robots are able to develop representations for places that are inaccessible to them, and later, when the doors are opened, use those representations to perform goal-directed behavior.

Lingodroids

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • http://twitter.com/halfvastcnsprtr Halfvast Conspirator

    I thought this was gonna be about robot sex or something, but it is a different Dr. Ruth

  • http://twitter.com/halfvastcnsprtr Halfvast Conspirator

    I thought this was gonna be about robot sex or something, but it is a different Dr. Ruth