Deb Roy: The birth of a word

http://www.ted.com MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch eve…

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  1. i bet if you graphed his son on that TV & social-media graph space, he was
    actually just watching a lot of Lady Gaga. And wasn’t talking about water
    at all. heh. oh well at least he’s well hydrated

  2. @streetstaruk Scary how someone with not so innocent intentions (like a
    government ), might use his algorithm to collect and use more effectively
    data from us ,to maybe be able to better control the general public,or
    maybe for social engineering .

  3. why does this have so few views? This was freaking awesome! What adds to
    its magnificence is the very personal and human element that so much
    research is lacking in today. Bravo sir, bravo!

  4. OH. my god. this is beautiful. See the difference here? I wouldn’t let the
    government touch this data, but scientists, that’s prefectly cool.

  5. Imagine being able to rewind the creation of this new social network of
    Google+ and dynamically analyze the stream of interaction.

    This amazing video demonstrates such cutting edge research in the life a
    family and their child learning the word “water”.

  6. *The Birth of a Word*

    Incredible technology, a touching story, a radical new approach to
    researching language, and a provocative perspective about the data
    generated by our everyday lives.

    If you’ve never seen this one…it’s a good viewing choice for a weekend.
    (I had forgotten it on the “Best of TEDtalks” youtube channel…now added.)

  7. Imagine being able to rewind the creation of this new social network of
    Google+ and dynamically analyze the stream of interaction.

    This amazing video demonstrates such cutting edge research in the life a
    family and their child learning the word “water”.

  8. Message; stop watching the TV till they start putting out some positive and
    empowering subject material.

  9. *The Birth of a Word*

    Incredible technology, a touching story, a radical new approach to
    researching language, and a provocative perspective about the data
    generated by our everyday lives.

    If you’ve never seen this one…it’s a good viewing choice for a weekend.
    (I had forgotten it on the “Best of TEDtalks” youtube channel…now added.)

  10. Can you remember how you learnt your first word? It could have been
    something like this:-

  11. MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned
    language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every
    moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of
    home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing,
    data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

    *Why you should listen to him:*

    Deb Roy directs the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where he
    studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to
    communicate in human-like ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new
    data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social
    behavior. He has authored numerous scientific papers on artificial
    intelligence, cognitive modeling, human-machine interaction, data mining,
    and information visualization.

    Deb Roy was the co-founder and serves as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a
    venture-backed technology company. Built upon deep machine learning
    principles developed in his research over the past 15 years, Bluefin has
    created a technology platform that analyzes social media commentary to
    measure real-time audience response to TV ads and shows.

    #TEDTuesdays

  12. MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned
    language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every
    moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of
    home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing,
    data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

    *Why you should listen to him:*

    Deb Roy directs the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where he
    studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to
    communicate in human-like ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new
    data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social
    behavior. He has authored numerous scientific papers on artificial
    intelligence, cognitive modeling, human-machine interaction, data mining,
    and information visualization.

    Deb Roy was the co-founder and serves as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a
    venture-backed technology company. Built upon deep machine learning
    principles developed in his research over the past 15 years, Bluefin has
    created a technology platform that analyzes social media commentary to
    measure real-time audience response to TV ads and shows.

    #TEDTuesdays

  13. MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned
    language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every
    moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of
    home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing,
    data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

    *Why you should listen to him:*

    Deb Roy directs the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where he
    studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to
    communicate in human-like ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new
    data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social
    behavior. He has authored numerous scientific papers on artificial
    intelligence, cognitive modeling, human-machine interaction, data mining,
    and information visualization.

    Deb Roy was the co-founder and serves as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a
    venture-backed technology company. Built upon deep machine learning
    principles developed in his research over the past 15 years, Bluefin has
    created a technology platform that analyzes social media commentary to
    measure real-time audience response to TV ads and shows.

    #TEDTuesdays

  14. MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned
    language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every
    moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of
    home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing,
    data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

    *Why you should listen to him:*

    Deb Roy directs the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where he
    studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to
    communicate in human-like ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new
    data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social
    behavior. He has authored numerous scientific papers on artificial
    intelligence, cognitive modeling, human-machine interaction, data mining,
    and information visualization.

    Deb Roy was the co-founder and serves as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a
    venture-backed technology company. Built upon deep machine learning
    principles developed in his research over the past 15 years, Bluefin has
    created a technology platform that analyzes social media commentary to
    measure real-time audience response to TV ads and shows.

    #TEDTuesdays

  15. MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned
    language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every
    moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of
    home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing,
    data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

    *Why you should listen to him:*

    Deb Roy directs the Cognitive Machines group at the MIT Media Lab, where he
    studies how children learn language, and designs machines that learn to
    communicate in human-like ways. To enable this work, he has pioneered new
    data-driven methods for analyzing and modeling human linguistic and social
    behavior. He has authored numerous scientific papers on artificial
    intelligence, cognitive modeling, human-machine interaction, data mining,
    and information visualization.

    Deb Roy was the co-founder and serves as CEO of Bluefin Labs, a
    venture-backed technology company. Built upon deep machine learning
    principles developed in his research over the past 15 years, Bluefin has
    created a technology platform that analyzes social media commentary to
    measure real-time audience response to TV ads and shows.

    #TEDTuesdays

  16. With the latest buzz around Twitter and +Bluefin Labs it’s interesting to
    consider this video as a glimpse into the brain trusts involved. This video
    is from one of the co-founders of +Bluefin Labs. Even as wider non-academic
    audiences begin to ponder what bigger data means over time, advances in
    feedback loops analysis, introspection, and forward looking expectations
    are when *not* *if* concerns. What will it mean for the human experience as
    this technology becomes transparent and fades into the background?

  17. This is an amazing speech rich in data about the initial process of
    language learning.

  18. I personally stood up and clapped in front of my computer. Chapeau bas, Mr.
    Roy!

  19. *The birth of a word!*
    *An incredible TED talk. A ‘must watch’.*
    #plusyourlife

  20. *The birth of a word!*
    *An incredible TED talk. A ‘must watch’.*
    #plusyourlife

  21. Just because your IQ is the size of a pea, you shouldn’t criticize this
    person, who has shared in the most simple way possible, an idea that can
    enormous implications on our understanding of communication.