In september 1996, Luc Steels gave a talk at the KLI on ‘The origin of language’ at a meeting on the ’emergence and evolution of organization’ organized by Walter Fontana, Gerd Mueller, and Guenter Wagner. This incredibly interesting meeting was one of the first where he exposed a novel methodology for studying the origins of language, namely through experiments with artificial agents playing language games, and laid out some radical ideas about the nature of language and its origins based on self-organization and selection.
20 years later, on 15th Januray 2016, Prof. Steels is going back to KLI for an update on the situation with the workshop ‘Progress in studying language origins‘. What has happened since then? We have solid results on all levels of language (speech, vocabulary, grammar) and the principles of evolutionary biology, which themselves have advanced a great deal since that time, have been a constant source of inspiration. Today we need to apply these insights to many more areas of grammar, push further the study of evolutionary semantics, and communicate better what has been found so far.
In the catalan edition of renowned exhibition HUMANS+, offered in Barcelona until April 2016, we had the chance to hear some of the top scientists in Artificial Intelligence. In a series of debates, organised by ICREA, the speakers dealt with questions on the future of AI and humankind. The series were an utter success, but if you missed it now you have the chance to watch them again. We are happy to share with you a recording of Luc Steels’ talk, “Artificial Intelligence for War or Peace?”:
You can find the original version in English or choose “TRAD català” for the dubbed version in Catalan.
Do not forget to check the other speaker’s talks (Arcadi Navarro, Mel Slater…) here!
Do you wonder things like…
- …how a mobile robot self-organises a vocabulary?
- …how robots evolve a language for color?
- …about the first large-scale population experiment?
- …about the origins and development of agent-based experiments?
If so, you need to download now the open-access publication series “Computational Models of Language Evolution”.
This series, edited by Luc Steels and Remi van Trijp, publishes high quality research using computational methods to investigate fundamental questions in the origins and evolution of language.
New monograph proposals are welcome!
Visit official website for download links and more information on forthcoming volumes.