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Teaching a robot how to speak

Updated Wednesday, 6th June 2018
Language is a defining feature of human interaction, and programmers have been gradually developing this capability in robots. But even with the vast progress made in artificial intelligence, is it really possible for robots to learn language? Watch the video below to learn more.


As various types of machine become ever more integrated into our everyday lives, teaching them to speak is a logical step. After all, spoken language is the most direct and intuitive form of interaction for humans. But can these machines really ’think’ when they communicate? What are the challenges faced by researchers into trying to teach a machine how to speak? And what does this tell us about the nature of language itself?


This material is from the Open University module L101 Introducing English language studies.

See below for some other resources about the topics of artificial intelligence and the English language.


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