BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A team of scientists from the Northern Arizona University is on the brink of developing an AI-powered device capable of deciphering how animals communicate. The so-called animal translator will be able to process audio and visual cues and transcript them into English. The device is based on more than 30 years of research in animal communication.
Animal Translator – Science Fiction or Science Fact?
Dr. Con Slobodchikoff of the Northern Arizona University, recently declared that he and his team of scientists are on the verge of bridging the gap between humans and animals in terms of communication. Slobodchikoff has spent the last 30 years studying the behavior and language of wild animals, more specifically prairie dogs.
During this study, Dr. Slobodchikoff has observed that depending on the situation; prairie dogs can change their voice pitch to convey messages across the pack better. For example, prairie dogs have a specific vocalization for dangerous situations, like when a predator is nearby, and another one for interacting with human beings.
The researcher noted that not only prairie dogs have a sophisticated way of communicating, but they’re also able to recognize in humans things like what color are the clothes they’re currently wearing.
Using the data gathered over the years, the scientist and his colleagues managed to construct an AI capable of interpreting both audio (vocalizations) and body cues which it then translates into everyday English.
Albeit still in its infancy, the machine learning-based AI is doing a wonderful job at associating words with the English language to actions performed by the prairie dogs. What even more astounding is that the animal translator could be used on virtually any kind of pet, like dogs and cats.
To support his project, Slobodchikoff created a company called Zoolingua. So, the next time you’re having trouble with your cat or dog, you might very well use the animal translator to speak your mind.
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