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The Child Machine
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Hal, like any 18-month old baby, is learning the rudiments of speech. He talks about red balls and blue balls, knows his Mommy and Daddy, and likes to go to the park. A child development specialist was given transcripts of Hal's conversations with his caretakers and declared him a healthy, normal little boy. What she wasn't told is that Hal is a computer program running on a regular Windows PC.
Ai uses behaviorist principles to teach our child machine - nicknamed Hal - to hold a conversation. Our approach was outlined by the computing theory pioneer Alan Turing in his 1950 article Computing Machinery and Intelligence. Turing viewed language as the defining element of intelligence; he believed that by giving a machine the capacity to learn, and a willingness to ask questions, you could "raise" an intelligence, an entity capable of rational, engaging conversation. 
 
Education 
Learn how Hal is being educated, and read about his training process.
 
 
State of Mind 
The Ai child machine is built on a statistical model of language, coupled with advanced learning algorithms.
 
 
First Words 
HAL is developed to meet basic human language development milestones. Look inside to find out what HAL's talking about.