Have you ever wondered what your pet is trying to tell you, like talking cat? You may be in luck. And it is that a report published by Amazon UK, ShopTheFuture, affirms that, in the next 10 years, the devices that will allow us to talk with our pets will be a reality, thanks to the development of new techniques in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ‘Machine Learning’. After 10 years you will not need to download software like my talking pet or my talking cat.w
However, other researchers are not optimistic, considering that the barking of a dog cannot be seen as a communication language.
So, what does your pet say, talking to your dog is real?
The predicted report that, in less than 10 years, there will be a pet translator, able to identify and translate the barking and meowing of our pets in a language understandable to humans. So, the dream of having your own talking cat and talking dogs will become a reality.
Even the report considers that this class of devices could be installed directly in the collars of the animals, in order to facilitate the simultaneous translation of the messages addressed to the owner.
Those responsible for the study –Anne Lise Kjaer (linked to industrial design) and William Higham (of Next Big Thing) – have based their study on previous research by Con Slobodchikoff , professor emeritus of the department of biological sciences at Nothern Arizona University and one of the most important scholars in the world about animal behavior, who has spent 30 years studying the language and behavior of prairie dogs in North America (which, in reality, are not dogs, but rodents).
This researcher, author of ‘Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals ‘ used AI software to help analyze calls from prairie dogs, finding that they had a’ sophisticated communication system that has aspects of language ‘.
” They have words for different species of predators and can describe the color of a human being’s clothes or the hair of a coyote or a dog, ” says Slobodchikoff, in order to make us understand to what extent we can understand each other with our pets and weather talking dog is possible or not.
Dog translator yes; cat translator, may not
Now he is so convinced that other animals use an equally decipherable language and he is trying to raise money to develop a cat and dog translator so you will know if dogs could talk.
” Many people wish if dogs could talk and would love to talk to their dog or cat or, at least, find out what they are trying to communicate,” Slobodchikoff said. ‘ Many people talk with their dogs and share their most intimate secrets. However, with cats, I am not sure what they would have to say. Many times it can simply be: ‘Idiot, just feed me and leave me alone .’
The idea of so-called pet translators and pet talking and having my talking pet has been around for a few years. But the truth is that with the advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the machine learning projects that are being carried out this reality could be closer than we think.
‘ Innovative products that are successful are based on meeting large consumer needs. The huge amount of money currently spent on pets means that there is huge consumer demand for this, ‘Higham told The Guardian .
Barking is not a language
However, some academics are reluctant to this possibility and point out that, since barking and meowing are not a language in the strict sense of the word, translation algorithms may not be effective in capturing the meaning of our pets’ interactions.
‘ We would not describe the forms of communication of dogs as a language in a strict and scientific sense of the word. They give rudimentary signs of what they want and how they feel, ‘says Juliane Kaminski, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, a specialist in human-dog interactions.
Kaminski points out that dogs use specific barks depending on the context. That is, their barking is different in a situation of aggression or a game, for example. But even people who have never had a dog can decode those barks.
Even so, he affirms that a translation device could be useful for those who lack intuition or the case of young children, who misunderstand the signals ‘ sometimes very strikingly ‘.
One study, for example, revealed that when children were shown a picture of a dog with threatening teeth, the little ones considered that the dog was ‘ happy ‘ and ‘ smiling ‘ and that they would like to hug him. In this case, a translation device could be useful to warn them of the danger.