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Introduction to Social Solipsism (off topic?)
Developmental Learning
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We maintain that language is a skill. Like any other skill it must go through an incremental process to develop. A child learning to ride the bicycle does not begin with an 18-gear mountain bike. She starts on a tricycle, learning the basics of the pedals movement and how the circular movement of the legs moves the vehicle forward. Eventually the training wheels come off; in a few years she may move up to a larger bike with a few different speeds and thinner wheels.

In a similar fashion, the acquisition of conversational skills the ability to use language socially has to go through an incremental developmental process. Using language on "adult level" results from the accumulation of experiences of using words, sentences, and so forth, and from an understanding of style - understanding, for instance, that you speak differently to a 4-year-old than to a university professor. Adult speakers have also acquired sufficient "life experience" to fill their conversations with relevant content.
 
Correspondingly, it would be ridiculous to expect a machine to speak like an adult when it takes a human years of constant exposure to language and culture in order to reach an adult level of communication. To balance our expectations, Ai has developed an "age-adjusted" Turing Test, and is training its child-machine to meet the language milestones that are expected of any given age range. Through this process, we believe that eventually we will be able to create a machine that can accurately simulate intelligent adult human conversation. The child-machine  Related Article
 
Building a child machine and teaching it through a developmental process was suggested by Alan Turing as the correct way to create artificial intelligence. He said:
 
"Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child's? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain. Presumably the child-brain is something like a note-book as one buys it from the stationers. Rather little mechanism, and lots of blank sheets." Turing  Related Article
 
This, however, is a largely neglected section of Turing's famous paper. To our knowledge, there is no large scale project other than our own that follows this part of Turing's vision.