LEARNING SPEECH So far Mars hasn’t thrown any more attacks our way, but the robots we control are standing guard around the trench just in case. In the meantime, we have to find some way of opening up a dialog with whatever is out there. That’s not just for our safety, but Earth’s. While Samantha is able to control the robots with various sequences of drumming, that’s quite different from actual language. It would be like attempting to understand English by being given a few binary code commands. Normally, such an endeavor would take years. We don’t have years.