Scientists in the US are working on the instrument which will use artificial intelligence (AI) for learning and translate the animal’s vocals as well as facial expressions into human language.
Professor Con Slobodchikoff, animal behavior expert has hoped his research will allow the pets as well as their owners to speak using a ‘pet translator’ in less than ten years. Dr. Con from Northern Arizona University has spent more than 30 years studying the prairie dogs as well as the sophisticated way they communicate. Based on the study, Con along with his colleague has developed an algorithm which will turn the dogs’ vocals and has founded a company called Zoolingua for developing more technology which will allow humans to communicate with the animals into simple English.
Con has told the NBC News that one could use that information and instead of backing the dog into a corner, give the dog more space. Professor Emeritus, Con in 2013 has published ‘Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals’— a study on the unique language properties of animals and in his work, he claimed that animals, as well as humans, will be able to communicate, effectively. According to Con, prairie dogs used to make high-pitched calls for warning others of the predators and has quoted by saying, “I thought, if we can do this with prairie dogs, we can certainly do it with dogs and cats.”
The team is using thousands of videos of dogs for analyzing their various barks as well as body movements but they still have not come out with an algorithm for understanding the meaning behind each bark or tail wag. Con has said, “This kind of technology could help humans better understand dogs and their behavior.” He said that they can use that information and instead of backing the dog into a corner, give them more space.