Swedish language company Gavagai AB is a startup company that originated from the Swedish Institute of Computer Science. They have created a language analysis software that can accurately translate and analyze over 40 languages. Now, they’re taking it 10 steps further by taking on the language of dolphins to test and expand their system’s capabilities.
The team shall monitor bottlenose dolphins from a wildlife park and use their AI language analysis technology to decode the sounds that dolphins make, and hopefully create a dictionary of the dolphin language, and the team is confident they can do so by 2021.
“We hope to be able to understand dolphins with the help of artificial intelligence technology,” says Jussi Karlgren, Gavagai co-founder. “We know that dolphins have a complex communication system, but we don’t know what they are talking about yet.” Now the next problem is to convince other marine biologists to work with them.
Gavagai mainly focuses on the deep textual analysis of the languages within its database, which include monitoring and comparing various concepts as well as providing instant, visual insights into a range of all possible emotional responses.
While trying to understand dolphin language is, well, a very weird and strange concept, it actually makes sense. Yes it’ll help zoologists, but the main focus here are businesses. Doing this could help test out the capabilities of AI technology in terms of human communication and analysis, which could be used to make machine learning faster, more efficient, and more understandable.
There could also be some other more controversial uses for this technology, like in the military. The US Navy has once used marine animals like dolphins in its San Diego Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR) before, for tasks such as mine-seeking, so being able to communicate and understand them directly could be pretty useful for other missions with greater complexity in which humans can’t directly be involved.
This could also help us in our quest for extraterrestrial life, as this could be the precursor to being able to use technology to properly communicate with other intelligent alien life forms. Since Gavagai has already mastered 40 human languages, moving on to other species of life forms would probably be the smartest next step to be able to use AI and machine learning technology to communicate with extraterrestrial beings in our universe, no matter how ahead of our time that might be. It’s an interesting prospect, so why not start now, right?