Dolphins are known to be highly intelligent creatures, and have even been found to construct ‘sentences’ from patterns of clicks and pulses to communicate with each other.
And, using artificial intelligence, researchers are now hoping to figure out what they’re talking about.
Researchers in Sweden are set to begin creating a dolphin-language dictionary using technology from language-analysis startup Gavagai AB – and, it could one day allow humans to communicate with the animals.
Scientists at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology will use Gavagai’s AI software to unlock the secrets of dolphins’ language, according to Bloomberg.
The software will be used to monitor captive bottlenose dolphins at a wildlife park just south of Stockholm, and the project is expected to span four years.
It’s long been known that dolphins use distinct sounds, and even ‘signature whistles’ to communicate with their peers and identify particular individuals.
Researchers have even found that dolphins, like humans, sing to their unborn young.
But, much about their language remains a mystery.
Gavagai’s software has already taken on 40 human languages, and it’s hoped that these efforts will reveal new insight on the mysterious communication methods of dolphins.
By deciphering their language, humans could eventually even communicate with them.
‘We hope to be able to understand dolphins with the help of artificial intelligence technology,’ Jussi Karlgren, an adjunct professor of language technology at KTH and co-founder of Gavagi, told Bloomberg.
‘We know that dolphins have a complex communication system, but we don’t know what they are talking about yet.’
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