Now, AI will help you understand your baby’s cry
A new AI machine uses automatic speech recognition technology to identify different types of baby cries. Recognising a cry can also help save the life of a child.
As any parent knows, a newborn is terrible at communication. They have a range of different cries, for a million different emotions, and it’s really tough to understand what’s upsetting your baby some times. As always, science is coming to the rescue, with a machine that can help you understand what your baby wants. Researchers have delved deep into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and developed a machine to recognize and diffrenciate the different cries of a baby.
The team of researchers, at Northern Illinois University, used artificial intelligence to device a way to map out the different situations when a baby cries. Generally, babies cry when they are hungry, or need a diaper change, or are not feeling comfortable. This cry of discomfort tends to be most alarming – usually arising out of a medical problem the baby is unable to voice. Telling the difference between ‘normal’ cries and ‘abnormal’ cries, could make all the difference in the life of a baby.
These researches have designed an algorithm based on automatic speech recognition technology, that will recognise these types of cries. They trained the AI machine using 26 infants in hospitals that were in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Now, the AI can listen to any baby and recognise the kind of discomfort faced by the infant. This leaves potential for immense relief for parents, who wake up at all hours of the night to care for their child, without knowing the source of the baby’s woe.
Lichuan Liu, who was involved in the research, says that the ultimate goal of the AI is to keep babies helathy and also reduce the pressure placed on parents and caregivers.