In Brief

A 'Truman Show' like experiment covering 90000 hours of real life footage hopes to uncover the means by which word formation develops in babies.

How language emerges during infancy has been a subject which has fascinated enquiring minds for well over two milennia. Deb Roy from MIT has offered amazing new insights into this field, with incredible data analysis software and terrabytes of raw data.

Fast Company reports how the raw data in question was provided by Deb’s family:

From the day he and his wife brought their son home five years ago, the family’s every movement and word was captured and tracked with a series of fisheye lenses in every room in their house. The purpose was to understand how we learn language, in context, through the words we hear.

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