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With the help of AI, scientists are learning how to translate animals’ vocalizations and facial expressions into something we can understand. Recent advances include an AI system that listens in on marmoset monkeys to parse the dozen calls they use to communicate with each other and one that reads sheep’s faces to determine whether an animal is in pain. Taking note of the research, an Amazon-sponsored report on future trends released last summer predicted that in 10 years, we’ll have a translator for pets.
Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus of biology at Northern Arizona University and the author of “Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals," is on the vanguard of animal communication. More than 30 years studying prairie dogs have convinced him that these North American rodents have a sophisticated form of vocal communication that is nothing less than language. The prairie dogs make high-pitched calls to alert the group to the presence of a predator. Slobodchinoff discovered that those calls vary according to the type of the predator as well as its size. The animals can combine their calls in various ways and can even use them to indicate the color of a nearby human’s clothing. But Slobodchinoff wasn’t content just to understand prairie dogs. With help from a computer scientist colleague, he developed an algorithm that turns the vocalizations into English. And last year, he founded a company called Zoolingua with the goal of developing a similar tool that translates pet sounds, facial expressions, and body movements. “I thought, if we can do this with prairie dogs, we can certainly do it with dogs and cats,” Slobodchikoff said.
originally posted by: Finspiracy
originally posted by: Nothin
a reply to: scraedtosleep
Asked my big dumb dog, what it's like to be a dog.
He said: "Wuf"...
And you, human, did not understand! Maybe that was an informative story about what it's like to be a dog. Compact and short. But what if the "Wuf" was like a .zip file? To us, all of the "Wuf" may sound the same but there might be tiny changes in tone, length and such.
Dolphins and communicating with them, now that i find fascinating. I have heard they even give each others names and call them when needed.
originally posted by: waftist