Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Illustration for article titled Soon, you might be able to talk to a prairie dogs.

Con Slobodchikoff, a biologist at the North Arizona University as reportedly deciphered the complex language of prairie dogs. It seems these diminutive groundhogs are quite talkative:

"They're able to describe the colour of clothes the humans are wearing, they're able to describe the size and shape of humans, even, amazingly, whether a human once appeared with a gun," Slobodchikoff said.

The animals can even describe abstract shapes such as circles and triangles.

Also remarkable was the amount of information crammed into a single chirp lasting a 10th of a second.

"In one 10th of a second, they say 'Tall thin human wearing blue shirt walking slowly across the colony.'"


According to Slobodchikof, a decade from now you could very well be the owner of a shiny new human-animal translator that could allow you to understand your pet like never before:

Slobodchikoff said he has been working with a computer scientist to develop a device that uses voice pattern recognition techniques and artificial intelligence to translate between human and animal speech.

"We could potentially have something maybe the size of a cellphone in five to 10 years where a dog would say, 'Woof' and the device would say. 'I want to eat chicken tonight" or a cat could say, 'Meow,' and the device would say, 'My litterbox is filthy, please clean it.'"


Slobodchikoff says this device could reduce the number of pets that are put to sleep or abandoned. But honestly, I just think it'll make Youtube cat vids even more popular.

Source: CBC

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