What would you do first if you had a pet translator and could understand your dog or your cat? Probably immediately let my cat know how sorry I am to step on his tail all those times.
Recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning suggest that the dream of communicating with your pets could become a reality.
With the help of AI, scientists are learning to translate the vocalizations and facial expressions of animals into something we can understand. Scientists have already developed an AI that interprets marmoset money sounds and an AI that learns to detect pain in sheep.
According to NBC News, a recent report sponsored by Amazon on future trends says that in about a decade we will have a pet translator.
Dr. With Slobodchikoff he is leading the way in regards to animal communication. Slobodchikoff has studied prairie dogs for more than 30 years and says that rodents have enough calls and noises to represent a language. And with the help of a computer colleague, he converted those vocalizations into English. Last year, he founded a company called Zoolingua with the aim of developing a similar tool to translate pet sounds, facial expressions and body movements.
"I thought if we could do this with prairie dogs, we can certainly do it with dogs and cats," Slobodchikoff told NBC News .
At this time, Dr. Slobodchikoff is collecting thousands of videos of dogs showing various barking and body movements, which he will use to teach an AI algorithm on communication signals. Slobodchikoff aims to incorporate scientific research to decipher the true meanings of dog behavior. Then those barks could be translated into English words, so Fido could say: "I want to take a walk".
Scientists say that even if the AI translator becomes reality, there is still a long way to go before we can have conversations with pets But researchers say that the technology to communicate better with your dog or cat is on the horizon.