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June 8, 2006
The Human Speechome Project - 3 Continuous Years of Baby Videos
This is what I call dedication:
Many people preserve their babies' priceless first smiles, words or steps on video, but Associate Professor Deb Roy, head of the MIT Media Lab's Cognitive Machines research group, is taking parental attentiveness to a whole new level. Roy is recording nearly all of his new son's waking hours in an ambitious attempt to use these data to unravel the mystery of how humans naturally acquire language within the context of their primary social setting. He will pay particular attention to the role of physical and social context in how his son, nine months old, learns early words and early grammatical constructions. Roy's vast recording and analysis effort, known as "The Human Speechome Project" (speech + home), will yield some 400,000 hours of audio and video data over three years. Roy will present a paper on the Speechome Project at the 28th Annual Cognitive Science Conference in July.
I bet he'll come away with hours, if not days of funny childhood mishaps that would be perfect for America's Funniest Videos or better yet, YouTube!
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