Researchers at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology have created two robots that are capable of developing their own language.
Equipped with a camera, a laser range finder, sonar that maps their environment, a microphone and speakers, these Lingodroids, who also resemble Wall-e, will help scientists better understand the evolution of language.
Figure 1: Robots mapping their surroundings
Through language games, the robots learn concepts and names through interacting with each other. They wander and map their surroundings. Then using a random combination of syllables, they create names for areas and spatial relation and relay that "word" to each other, which is stored in their memory.
Figure 2: Names of places created by robots.
For example, the robots will play the "Where are we?" game, which involves the robots creating a word to describe their location.
In the "Go To" game, the robots test their language by specifying a specific location and meeting there.
In the "How Far?" game, the robots develop a word to measure the distance between two locations.
I know what a lot of you are thinking: Destroy them before they become sentient!