Robots are the modern-day version of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. Writers and filmmakers have been fascinated by the idea of machines rising up against us for decades, long before the technology to create intelligent robots was even available.
Now, in a step toward the dystopian future that’s fueled a thousand science fiction films, a pair of Australian robots called “Lingodroids” have been developing their own language. The two robots, which use wheels to move around and sonar to perceive the world around them, are programmed to play games in the which the object is to find one another. This has allowed them to develop a shared vocabulary, which they use to describe their current location.
As project director Ruth Schulz explained to Reuters, at the moment, their vocabulary is quite limited:
“In their current state all they can talk about is spatial concepts, which I think is pretty cool as a starting point. But the important part is that they are forming these concepts, they are starting to really understand what words mean and this is actually all up to the robots themselves.”