View Full Version : translating dolphin language

6th September 2011, 02:48 PM
Here is an excerpt from the article, which talks about common ways we restrict the definition of "intelligence," specifically in relation to the search for "extraterrestrial intelligence" - using the example of dolphins to widen the scope. The coolest thing about it is that they're attempting to "translate" dolphin language so that they can converse. SETI completely aside - I am fascinated by the prospect of that. What I wouldn't give to talk to a dolphin. I'd be interested in what they'd say about us.:)

edited to add - I am not calling dolphins extraterrestrials; the article just goes all over the place and hits both topics lol.

The problem with studying dolphin communication is being able to study them for any great length of time out in the wild, which requires patience and money. This is where Denise Herzing comes in. She is based at the Wild Dolphin Project in Florida, and has spent much of her time working with the same pod of wild dolphins for the past 27 years, documenting the complexity of their communication, acoustic signals and behavior over that time period.

"We know them individually, we know their personalities, we know their communication signals and we already do things together that seem to be of interest [to them]," she says. "What we're now trying to do is develop an interface that takes advantage of those small windows where we have their attention and they want to interact with us."

... a smart phone-sized gizmo that can I.D a dolphin whistle in real time. It's worn around the neck of a diver and connected up to a pair of hydrophones and a one-handed keyboard called a 'twiddler'.

By agreeing with the dolphins on a common artificial language, neatly side-stepping the problem of translation, it is hoped that C.H.A.T. will enable humans and dolphins to talk in real time. For instance, dolphins will be able to request toys such as a ball or a hoop from humans, and vice versa. ...

... The plan is to test the device this year, before getting it out into the wild in 2012.


7th September 2011, 05:14 PM
Coincidentally, another article on this topic made the front page of Drudge a day after I posted that. o.O

"Dolphins 'talk' like humans, new study suggests"

9th September 2011, 08:33 AM
Have you seen them blow bubble rings?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuVgXJ55G6Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuVgXJ55G6Y)

9th September 2011, 03:03 PM
Woah that is really cool! o.O

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