Can virtual reality help save endangered Pacific languages?

The Pacific is the most linguistically rich region in the world, with Papua New Guinea alone being home to a staggering 850 languages. Yet experts fear that widespread language loss could be the future for the region. To draw attention to the issue, and to document more Pacific languages, Australian researchers are trialling a new [...]

AI is inventing languages humans can’t understand. Should we stop it?

Bob: “I can can I I everything else.” Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.” To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense was the discussion of what might be the most [...]

By | 2018-02-22T00:21:52+00:00 July 15th, 2017|AI, Artificial intelligence, Language, Technology|0 Comments

Glove turns sign language into text for real-time translation

Handwriting will never be the same again. A new glove developed at the University of California, San Diego, can convert the 26 letters of American Sign Language (ASL) into text on a smartphone or computer screen. Because it’s cheaper and more portable than other automatic sign language translators on the market, it could be a [...]

By | 2018-02-22T00:21:52+00:00 July 13th, 2017|ASL, Sign language, Technology, Translation|0 Comments

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book Expression and Meaning (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), Ludwig Wittgenstein suggests that “the limits of my language mean [...]

Has Google made the first step toward general AI?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long been a theme of Sci-fi blockbusters, but as technology develops in 2017, the stuff of fiction is fast becoming a reality. As technology has made leaps and bounds in our lives, the presence of AI is something we are adapting to and incorporating in our everyday existence. A brief history [...]

Instant Braille translator can fit in your hand

An all-woman team of six engineering undergraduate students at MIT has created an inexpensive, hand-held device prototype that provides real-time translation of printed text to Braille -- which could greatly increase accessibility of written materials for the blind. Team Tactile was one of the winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize this year for their creation, [...]

By | 2017-06-07T12:18:08+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Braille, Language, Technology, Translation|0 Comments

How Language Led To The Artificial Intelligence Revolution

In 2013 I had a long interview with Peter Lee, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, about advances in machine learning and neural networks and how language would be the focal point of artificial intelligence in the coming years. At the time the notion of artificial intelligence and machine learning seemed like a “blue sky” [...]

By | 2018-02-22T00:21:59+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|AI, Artificial intelligence, Language, Technology|0 Comments

Is language as we know it still relevant for the digital age?

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book Expression and Meaning (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea ‘the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said’. Moreover, in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), Ludwig Wittgenstein suggests that ‘the limits of my language mean [...]

By | 2018-02-22T00:22:01+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Language, Technology|0 Comments

The Race to Create AI-Enabled, Natural-Language and Voice Interface Platforms

Did you ever stop to wonder: What is Amazon not doing with technology? These days, you’d be hard-pressed to answer that question, given the company’s incessant schedule for announcing updates and new products. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant is seemingly everywhere—whether it’s the latest cloud offerings in AWS, new entertainment shows on Prime, automated retail stores, [...]

By | 2018-02-22T00:22:05+00:00 May 4th, 2017|AI, Artificial intelligence, Language, Technology|0 Comments

AI Systems Are Learning to Communicate With Humans

In the future, service robots equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) are bound to be a common sight. These bots will help people navigate crowded airports, serve meals, or even schedule meetings. As these AI systems become more integrated into daily life, it is vital to find an efficient way to communicate with them. It is [...]