december, 2017

13dec6:30 pm9:00 pmAI Brussels meetup Event Organized By: DigitYser Event Type :Meetup

Event Details

Artificial Intelligence methods and techniques have reached a high enough level of sophistication so that we can tackle outstandingly difficult problems in Science.

In this talk, Katrien Beuls will show how the question of the origins of language can be approached in this way. This question has puzzled evolutionary biologists since Darwin and is still considered to be unsolved.

She will outline a theory of language evolution by linguistic selection and then report a number of concrete experiments with humanoid robots that attempt to work out and validate this theory. The experiments are all centered around the notion of a language game, which is a routinized situated interaction that involves some form of language. Robots use linguistic strategies to evolve a communication system to deal with a particular class of language games.

Katrien will discuss examples of this and also address the question of how new strategies can arise and how the robots can autonomously decide which strategies they will collectively use to bootstrap their language.

A NAO robot will be brought to the session.


(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm



Boulevard d'Anvers 40



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