DailyDirt: Talking To Animals
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Unfortunately, there are no dog collars like the ones in Up that can translate what dogs are saying into perfect English. But the technology to create an animal translator could actually be on the way. Considering how well machines can translate between two different human languages, though, the goal of conversational translation seems a tad lofty. Here are just a few quick links on animal communication projects.
- A prototype device for two-way communication with dolphins is going to try to talk with wild dolphins near the Florida coastline. This project is also trying to co-develop a language with dolphins, instead of trying to force a human-made language upon our flippered friends. [url]
- Pet parrots released into the wild are apparently teaching other birds how to say some human expressions. And just like high school kids learning a foreign language, these birds have picked up a lot of swear words. [url]
- Chimps that were taught sign language have been observed teaching sign language to their young. Monkey see. Monkey do! [url]
- To discover more interesting biological curiosities, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
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Comments on “DailyDirt: Talking To Animals”
Don’t teach the apes to sign, thats just one step closer!
I think it’s actually a bit curious why everyone isn’t learning sign language in grade school (or earlier). Then at some point there might actually be really cool gesture interfaces that just use video cameras to interpret hand-waving actions.