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Institute of Applied Data Science



Dr Dolittle machines: How AI is helping us talk to the animals

18 December 2020

Dr Dan Stowell
Dr Dan Stowell

Pattern-seeking artificial intelligence (AI) promises a new way to decode animal languages.

Researchers believe that we could soon break through the human-animal language barrier by using AI.

Dr Dan Stowell, Lecturer from Machine Listening Lab, Centre for Digital Music and Turing Fellow, and his colleagues at Queen Mary University of London, are using AI to build models of birdsong to help study bird development and evolution. The researchers train zebra finches to hop around to indicate which snippets of song they regard as most similar and then feed this extra information into an AI.

Dan said: "This is really a stepping stone, because we need to know which sound difference are salient to the animals."

This story was covered in The New Scientist.


Updated by: Michal Filus