How do babies learn words? An AI experiment may hold clues

The AI program was way less cute than a real baby. But like a baby, it learned its first words by seeing objects and hearing words.

After being fed dozens of hours of video of a growing tot exploring his world, an artificial intelligence model could more often than not associate words — ball, cat and car, among others — with their images, researchers report in the Feb. 2 Science. This AI feat, the team says, offers a new window into the mysterious ways that humans learn words (SN: 4/5/17).

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