AI could be capable of making humans communicate with animals


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) could have a crucial role in learning animal languages, according to Imperial College Londo Professor Michael Bronstein.
  • Bronstein’s team, the Cetacean Translation Initiative, was tasked to decode the sperm whale language.
  • Bronstein said that with the right time, right data, and expertise, understanding the animal language could be possible.

Imperial College London Professor Michael Bronstein said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be a key factor in unearthing non-human languages like the lyrics of singing whales.

As he was developing an AI chatbot, Bronstein hinted that it can recognize the whales’ distinct language despite having no benchmark, not even with any human language.

And because humans and whales were completely different living things, he noted that the first human-to-whale communication may “only be a rough approximation of the true depth and meaning of what they’re saying.”

The Cetacean Translation Initiative (CETI), a team which is led by Bronstein, was set up in a bid to decode the unique language of sperm whale communication.

In 2019, the team witnessed some promising initial efforts in a published study in Scientific Reports. They had thousands of whale communication recordings which were analyzed and resulted in having specific forecasts about which whale would “speak” next.

They still have no idea, though, on what the huge mammals could be talking about.

It is still not known whether animals have a language that is similar to what humans use.

According to voices and speech neuroscience expert Professor Sophie Scott, despite many animals could be heard speaking most of the time, some of them, such as pigs, “do not seem to be saying very much.”

“However elephants and dolphins seem to have huge complexity to their communication,” she told the Daily Star

Scott also said that octopus also has an intricate problem-solving intelligence.

“But with no common frame of reference, it’s hard to see what we could find to talk about,” she said.

She also cited birds as another animal that could be giving complex information with Dawn Chorus.

Scott also claimed that even without AI, there could be ways in knowing the language of animals, such as the research made by Dr. Alan McElligott from the University of Roehampton.

The problem, though, lies on the fact that the lives and origins of these animals are something that humans are not familiar with.

The world has put tedious work on developing innovation in recent years that enabled computers to learn and understand human communication like Siri and Alexa. For animals, decoding their language could be the future move.

“I think it’s the right time, with the right data and with the right expertise, to possibly solve this problem,” as Bronstein told New Scientist.

Instead of just words or sentences, AI could be able to interpret ideas and other concepts.

Source: Daily Star

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