The Birth of A Word

Imagine digitally recording all of those precious unscripted moments with the kids.

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours (200 terabytes) of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.”

The outcome? Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn. Today: the birth of a word. Tomorrow: mapping the world’s social graph & digital history with data visualization & semantic analysis. Grab the popcorn & buckle in– this is heady stuff for humanity, with some truly beautiful moments.

Social media & the infrastructure to support it, are going to be absolutely revolutionary.

(Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 19:52)

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