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A Glimpse of Ancient Africa
The archeological site of Sedeinga, in northern Sudan, provides unprecedented evidence of the funeral rites of the kingdoms of Napata and Meroe that ruled this region from the seventh to fourth...
For Tolkien, the Love of Words Comes First
The author of The Hobbit was also a poet and a medieval philologist who, as part of the process of creating the realm of Middle Earth, also invented highly elaborate imaginary languages. Charles...
The Fascinating Art of Whistled Speech
Unesco has just included a whistled language unique to Turkey on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. The linguist and bio-acoustician Julien Meyer tells us about...
The Challenges of Social Robotics
Why do people become attached to robots, how do they display this attachment, and is reproducible? Véronique Aubergé, a leading social robotics specialist shares her insight on the complex...
Go's Next Move: Machine Translation?
The recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence have been impressive, as illustrated by the AlphaGo program's victory over world Go Champion Lee Se-dol. Yet there are still areas...
When Gestures Improve Speech
What if the gestures we make when we speak do more than merely underline what we say? What if they also helped our oral expression? Convinced of the intimate connection between gestures and speech,...
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