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Monday, June 14, 2021

How Long Will it be Until we can Talk to Animals?

First I thought this was a silly question.   But it is really a primary question of intelligence.   Its not just a translation, but a need to parse into a useful structure so it can be translated into/from our world.  Peoples world vs An Animal world. In away that mapped translations will provide for useful goals.  It is hard.  Below just the intro.

How long before AI can 'understand' animals?

Scientists are working on it, but it's a rough job.

By James Trew, @itstrew. June 4th, 2021  in Engadget

In this article: gear, animal translation, feature, tomorrow, ai, artificial intelligence

The Regent Honeyeaters of Australasia are forgetting how to talk. The songbird’s habitat has been so severely devastated that its numbers are dwindling. Worse, the ones that remain are so scattered that the adult males are too far apart to teach the young how to sing for a mate — how to speak their own language. The gradual loss of the Honeyeaters’ song, their primary tool for wooing a partner, creates a vicious circle of spiraling decline. 

Humans, on the other hand, cannot shut up. Estimates peg the total number of languages in use today to be around 7,000. In the US, roughly 25 percent of people claim they can converse in a second language. In Europe this number floats around 60 percent. In Asia or Africa, bilingualism is even more common as local tongues and regional dialects live alongside (often multiple) “official” languages. But not one person on this planet can speak Cat or Dog — much less Regent Honeyeater.  ... " 

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