Learning a native language? That’s 1.5 MB… (But still robots won’t be able to do it that good fast)

From experience to meaning...

This study has more to it than the fun fact in the title of this post. But it does seem to be something you’d share in a conversation, that

…from infancy to young adulthood, learners absorb approximately 12.5 million bits of information about language — about two bits per minute — to fully acquire linguistic knowledge. If converted into binary code, the data would fill a 1.5 MB floppy disk.

For the people who don’t know what a floppy disk was, it’s the icon in Word to save something and it’s a predecessor of the cloud, but than stored locally. And small, well the storage room on the disk.

And now the more important insight from the study taken from the press release:

The findings, published today in the Royal Society Open Science journal, challenge assumptions that human language acquisition happens effortlessly, and that robots would have an easy…

View original post 505 more words

Comments Off on Learning a native language? That’s 1.5 MB… (But still robots won’t be able to do it that good fast)

Filed under personal

Comments are closed.