A ‘Pet translator’ letting humans talk to dogs and cats Coming soon, as Scientists are busy working on this “translator” that could finally let owners communicate with their dogs and cats.
Using Artificial Intelligence to analyse vocalizations and facial expressions, the researchers from Northern Arizona University believe they’ll have the tech ready in under a decade.
Led by Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus of biology at the university, the team have been working with prairie dogs (which are not technically dogs) for the last 30 years.
They found that the high-pitched calls they make to warn each other of predators vary depending on which type of predator it is. “I thought, if we can do this with prairie dogs, we can certainly do it with dogs and cats,” Slobodchikoff told NBC News.
His team is now busy assembling thousands of hours of video of dogs barking so the computer can analyse their different sounds as well as the facial expressions they make.
Eventually, the algorithm will be able to interpret what these noises mean and when they’re uttered and translate them for humans.
The ultimate goal is to create a gadget that can translate what your dog wants – so that “woof woof” becomes “I want to go for a walk”.