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Researchers creating a ‘Pet Translator’ to convert dog barks into English language

If you love your pet dog or dogs and want to communicate more efficiently with them and understand their language more clearly, then this report will blow your mind. Scientists are finally on the verge of creating a device that will allow the dog owners to understand clearly what their dogs are trying to say. The new device will convert the barks and growls of dogs into human language thus enhancing the quality of communication between the dog owners and their pet dogs. The name of the new device that the scientists are developing is called the ‘pet translator’ and within the next 10 years or so the device could be ready for release.

Lead author of the study Con Slobodchikoff a professor of biology at the Northern Arizona University has been doing research on the communication patterns and language of prairie dogs for more than three decades. According to him, the animals have their own advanced language. For example, the North American rodent species prairie dogs tend to vary their high-pitched warning calls if they see any predator in their area. These warning calls vary depending upon the size or type of the predator.

Slobodchikoff is trying to use artificial intelligence to crack the complexity of the barks, howls, and growls of dog show that their language could be easily understood by the dog owners. To understand more about the complex language of dogs, Slobodchikoff first teamed up with a computer scientist to prepare an algorithm that could transform the dog cries and calls into English. Then he and his colleagues created a company named Zoolingua with an objective of developing and launching a smart ‘pet translator’ which could convert the sounds, gestures, and facial expressions of dogs into language.

According to him, the pet translator will work on Artificial Intelligence which will sense and read the facial expressions and vocalizations of dogs and turn them into English language. Slobodchikoff and his colleagues are now working on creating vocal algorithms that will be incorporated in the Artificial Intelligence technique. A few years ago, Professor Slobodchikoff had published a book titled “Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals” in which he predicted that humans would be able to directly and efficiently communicate with dogs in just 10 years or so.

Recently, Slobodchikoff said to NBC news, “I thought, if we can do this with prairie dogs, we can certainly do it with dogs and cats.” Slobodchikoff and his team are doing a tremendous job and if they carry on their intense research in decoding the animal signals and expressions and converting them to human language, then within 10 years we can surely see pet translators coming to the market.

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