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Robots playing language games: An experiment in art and science

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WORKSHOP

ROBOTS PLAYING LANGUAGE GAMES: AN EXPERIMENT IN ART AND SCIENCE
with Luc Steels
Venice International University, Isola di San Servolo​

This workshop has two interwoven themes. The first theme is collaboration and interaction between art and science. How does it work? What can both parties contribute and receive? Can media art and interactive installations play an important role? To answer these questions Luc Steels will use a case study from an artistic work 'Look into the Box' he developed with artist Olafur Eliasson for an exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris. The second theme is language, more specifically the origins of language. How can we understand the processes that underlie the emergence of new words, grammatical structures, and the meanings they express? Using the same case study Luc Steels will show that we can now create experiments with artificial agents (robots) that are able to self-organise language for talking about the color of the eyes of exhibition viewers. This requires understanding the cognitive mechanisms that underlie color vision, perception, categorisation, and description, and the ability of complex systems to exhibit emergent phenomena.


DVRI is the supporting partner of the programme and founding partner of Science Gallery Venice.

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