Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Soon, talk to a dolphin via underwater translator!

Scientists have developed a new underwater translation software that could soon allow humans and dolphins to talk to each other.
Dolphins have been declared the world’s second most intelligent creatures after humans that can keep track of over 100 different words. But this showcase of underwater mammal talent may become an interactive exchange if the bid is successful.
Denise Herzing, founder of the Wild Dolphin Project in Jupiter Florida, and..

Thad Starner, an artificial intelligence researcher at Georgia Tech, developed a project called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT), and will test a prototype device this summer, reports New Scientist.
Appropriately named, the Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT) project aims to record and interpret dolphin sounds by building a prototype device featuring a smartphone-sized computer and two hydrophones.
Divers will use this underwater system to record dolphin sounds that are made in response to human interaction.
These recordings will then be analysed using software to find distinct clicks and whistles that represent the “fundamental units” of dolphin communication.
Once these units are identified, Herzing hopes to combine them to make dolphin-like signals, finally teaching the marine mammal to associate behaviours and objects with these sounds.
If the project works, the dolphins could make requests – to play with a piece of seaweed or ride the bow wave of the divers’ boat. (ANI)


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