A virtual baby that was “born” at the University of Auckland two years ago has just said its first words.
BabyX is a 3D computer-animated child. She can see, react and respond to what is in front of her – and she is learning more as she gets older just like a real child.
A video by the university shows her reading out words that are held in front of her and recognising pictures.
The virtual baby can smile because her artificially-intelligent brain releases virtual dopamine when she is praised, meaning she smiles and giggles when she thinks she has done something good.
It is hoped that the technology inside this computer will help children read and maybe used be teachers in schools.
At this stage they dont not yet know if BabyX will be allowed to keep growing older, or whether she will have her learning limited.