Can AI become a 'translator' and help humans communicate with animals?

In the near future, AI could serve as an interpreter to help people understand the life of animals in the wild.

It's hard to deny that AI is getting better and better year by year and even being able to understand human language. AI can change spelling or speech recognition for us, and more. However, it is clear that AI can do more than that.

That's exactly what Wired 's writers Mary Lou Jepsen and John Ryan argue. They want future AI to be able to act as a bridge, connecting people with the animal world.

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AI can serve as a "translator" for humans and animals.

Imagine that someday, AI can take on the role as a "translator" for humans who can communicate with animals , which will be interesting. Of course, people have long thought about such a scenario and have continually explored and developed AI software to support that.

AI software, for example, can decode chats between squirrel monkeys. This AI software is once the vocabulary consists of 10-15 sentences of this monkey. An earlier study showed that this AI software is capable of learning how to communicate by listening to squirrel monkeys talking to each other.

Although the system is currently only programmed to recognize between the noise emitted during their communication and the surrounding sound. But this is the first time AI has been able to recognize and begin to describe the language of monkeys.

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AI can recognize pets' facial expressions, states, and facial expressions as a form of recognizable language.

There is another aspect that AI can fully exploit and communicate with animals, which is their facial recognition. Emotional status and facial expressions are a very recognizable form of language.

Computer scientists at the University of Cambridge, UK, have trained an AI capable of detecting sheep pain, something only veterinarians can recognize. So it would be great if there were more AI software able to connect and communicate with animals.

A report published by scientists in 2017 predicts future trends over the next 10 years that we will soon have an intermediary "translator" to help people better understand animals.