The new iPads have become the latest addition to the team’s techno culture. Specially imported from the USA in time for the exhibition, they are already a firm favourite.
Team members from the University of Edinburgh have been hard at work and have created a great interactive game for the iPads that will appeal to all ages, from grown-up professors to the young scientists of tomorrow. The game is intended to simulate some aspects of the cultural evolution of language and involves reproducing sequences of tones. Those that are easy to remember are carried on to the next player, but those that are paricularly tricky to memorise fade into non-existence. But fear not, even if your memory fails you, your attempts will still leave a lasting legacy; all incarnations of the tone sequences can be revisited on a family tree, letting you see exactly how the sequence has evolved.
You too can have a go with our latest gadget at the Culture Evolves exhibit between Friday 25th June and Sunday 4th July. Can’t wait? Check out the Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit page where you can play a demo version plus read exciting info about the experiment behind the game, previously featured on the BBC Horizon programme http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/lec/LEC/Evolution_Experiment.html. Until then, here are some photos of the team enjoying their new toy http://www.cultureevolves.org/imageBrowser.aspxView all 'Culture evolves!' blog posts