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Dogs could 'talk' using AI within 10 years

By T.K. Randall
January 13, 2018 · Comment icon 30 comments

Ever wondered what your dog might say if it could talk ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Thomas Vaclavek
A university professor in Arizona is working on a system that can translate animal noises in to English.
The extraordinary technology, which has been designed by Professor Con Slobodchikoff at Northern Arizona University, is currently being developed with the vocal calls of prairie dogs in mind but could later be adapted to work with just about any animal, including domestic cats and dogs.

Slobodchikoff has spent the better part of 30 years studying the unique and complex sounds prairie dogs use to communicate danger to one another whenever a predator is sighted nearby.

The translation device, once perfected, should be able to turn those sounds in to human speech.
According to Amazon researcher William Higham, pet translation devices could be available for the average consumer to purchase within ten years.

Technologies like this will also make pet training and the diagnosis of medical problems much easier.

That said however, if it really was possible for your dog to speak to you, what would it say ?

Source: IB Times | Comments (30)

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Comment icon #21 Posted by South Alabam 6 years ago
You can see talking cats on YouTube and we had a cat that seemed to talk a little. And I don't mean sentences, I mean it would sound like they would say a particular word for a particular need.
Comment icon #22 Posted by acute 6 years ago
I've said this before, but it's worth a second outing..... Very few animals have the equipment in the right place to be able to talk, but dogs have it all!  They are quite capable of speech, but they don't have the brains for it.
Comment icon #23 Posted by preacherman76 6 years ago
I'd rather be able to talk to the dog then vice verse. Like telling them 'come wake me up in the middle of the night, instead of crapping all over the rug.'
Comment icon #24 Posted by UFOwatcher 6 years ago
People may be disappointed at the limited primal things a dog has to say to them....
Comment icon #25 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
They will probably doing a lot of censuring ...
Comment icon #26 Posted by toast 6 years ago
Known already:
Comment icon #27 Posted by Nostrodumbass 6 years ago
My dog looks very intelligent and I imagine we could debate the existence of god at length, and then I'l have to rename him Richard Dawgkins.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Krater 6 years ago
Oh, good. Then your dog can tell you that it thinks poo is delicious. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by ChaosRose 6 years ago
What would be better is if we could talk to them. They're just fireworks, you're not gonna die would be great to convey, somehow. 
Comment icon #30 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
Not exactly, dogs are very much linguistically capable in that they can associate words to objects, actions and  specific situations. What their brains can't do is to utilize speech in the complex emotional and temporal manner that humans can...that they simply do not 'have the brains for'. 

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