Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Deb Roy, has recorded over ten years of his life in order to capture the process of language development, his primary subject being his own son. At Ted Talks last Wednesday, Roy unveiled his groundbreaking footage, revealing a stunning visual representation of his son’s use of the word “water” over six months time.The footage artistically displayed the child’s cognitive associations between physical spaces and specific word usage, as well as the influence from the people around him at the time.
Using the same patterns he developed during his many years of research, Deb Roy is now in the process of applying his results to media, looking to discover the parallels when tracking the correlation between different types of social media and television content. And that’s only the beginning. Roy intends to expand upon his research, applying it to science and commerce and much more.
Roy ended his presentation with a moving clip from his footage, featuring his son’s first steps. They have yet to post the video on TED, but when they finally do… I suggest in advance that you wait till you’re home from work, with a handy box of tissues and a pint of cookie dough ice cream. Oh, and make sure it’s early enough so you can call your mom and dad afterward and tell them how much you love them. I’m already verklempt just thinking about it. Talk amongst yourselves!