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15 Jan 2018

Humans to understand pet language in a decade: Scientists

Scientists working on developing pet translator technology

Scientists in the US are working on developing an instrument that will allow owners to understand their dogs by converting dog barks into human language.

According to animal behavior expert Professor Con Slobodchikoff, this pet translator technology might potentially be ready in less than a decade's time.

Here is more on the futuristic tech.

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Scientists working on developing pet translator technology
The pet translator will use AI to understand dog sounds


The pet translator will use AI to understand dog sounds

This instrument will reportedly use artificial intelligence (AI) to understand and learn what an animal's sounds and facial expressions mean, and then convert it into elementary English.

To achieve this, the research team has been sifting through thousands of dogs' videos so that they can first analyze their various barks and body movements, and then feed these communication signals into an AI algorithm.

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Researchers developed algorithm to understand prairie dogs' barks

Slobodchikoff, who is a professor at the Northern Arizona University, has not only spent over 30 years studying prairie dogs and their peculiar way of communication, but his team has already successfully developed an algorithm that converts prairie dogs' vocalizations into simple English.

He claims that machine learning can help us understand what a dog's body language really means.

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This technology will help humans better understand their dogs: Researcher

Slobodchikoff said, "I thought, if we can do this with prairie dogs, we can certainly do it with dogs and cats. You could use that information and instead of backing the dog into a corner, give the dog more space."

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