We May Soon Be Chatting With Dolphins

We May Soon Be Chatting With Dolphins

There are about 6,900 languages in the world.  With some work, anyone can learn any of them.  But is it possible to learn the dialect of an animal outside of our species?  Researchers Denis Herzing and Thad Starner think it is and are working to establish two way communication between humans and dolphins.

The project is called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT). it’s objective is to “co-create” a language using the very sounds that dolphins produce.  To do so, the team is building a computer which is capable of recording and playing back the ultra high audio frequencies emitted by a dolphin.  They will play coined words that dolphins perceive to mean  ”seaweed”  or  ”bow wave ride”.  and record their responce.

The responses will be analyzed using a computer algorithm that detects distinct sets of clicks and whistles.  The team will combine these sounds to and use them to communicate with our underwater friends.  Since dolphins can already recognize about 100 human terms, I think there is a lot of potential here!

I envision the final product to resemble the real time Google Translate App.  You can learn more about the CHAT project here.

Pretty amazing, maybe soon we all can talk to Flipper!


News Scientist via Gizmodo 

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