AI Tries to Decode Dolphins

Julie Reindl
May 26th 2017

Remember the Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry project? Well, consider this as its sequel. Researchers in Sweden are developing a "dolphin dictionary" after successfully mastering 40 human languages thanks to an artificial intelligence language analysis software.

Understanding dolphin is the company's first decoding of a non human form. Over a four year project period, the sounds by emitted dolphins have been recorded to be analyzed and decoded. While it might sound like a strange plan at first, think about the zoologists that will benefit from this knowledge. And who knows, one day we might be able to have a discussion with our flipper friends!

Source: World Economic Forum

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Rich
Posted 27/05/2017 – 13:55

No they're not developing a dolphin dictionary, their proposal is a passive monitoring system to characterize and enumerate discrete whistle structures of dolphins in a Swedish wildlife park. Since the system doesn't identify the vocalizing dolphin nor the accompanying behavior it will have no context for the vocalizations and no way to interpret meaning.

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