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Researches from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Chinese Association of Automation have designed an artificial intelligence system which can interpret the cries of a baby.

The studies author; Dr Lichuan Liu says that the AI was trained to recognize the similarities between cries, regardless of the individual baby.

“There are lots of health-related information in various cry sounds. The differences between sound signals actually carry the information. These differences are represented by different features of the cry signals.”

Dr Lichuan Liu

Simpsons Did It

VIMES readers may notice this appears to be yet another time in which The Simpsons has predicted the future. The season 3 episode “Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes” had Homer’s half brother Herb inventing the Baby Translator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP-Z6fIsA0E

While The Simpsons’ Baby Translator can interpret every burp and gurgle a an infant utters, the real-life AI uses an algorithm that compares a cry with data points extracted from vast quantities of prerecorded, preanalyzed data.

The Future is Baby Talk

Based on speech recognition technologies, the AI can determine the meanings of both normal and abnormal crying patterns from any baby.

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According to the researches, “The ultimate goals are healthier babies and less pressure on parents and care givers.” Parents of newborns however suggest that making an AI listen to thousands of hours of babies crying is a good way to kick-start the robot uprising.

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