Scientists are working on a pet translator, so you can Dr. Dolittle it up
Most pet owners would probably agree that if their furry friends could understand them, life would be so much easier. Not just the general tone of what they’re saying, but the actual words. And imagine if your dog could talk back? Now that would really be something.
Thanks to the beauty of technology, we may be inching ever-closer to a world where you can tell Fido all about your day — and have him respond in kind. According to NBC News, scientists are using artificial intelligence to try to market a pet translator. Wild, right?
Of course, it’s not as if your fish is one day going to start chatting it up with you through her tank like Dory in Finding Nemo. It’s a bit more complicated than that. As NBC explains it, “Scientists are learning how to translate animals’ vocalizations and facial expressions into something we can understand.” So far, they’ve analyzed prairie dogs and marmoset monkeys.
Hopefully, this can then be turned into a device that would actually allow us to communicate with our pets. As Bustle points out, this probably won’t mean your cat will be able to give you dating advice in the near future, but it could mean that “the ability to get what [your pets] are saying just might be on the horizon.”
The best part? We might not have to wait that long.
Amazon predicts this could become a thing within the next decade, according to NBC News.
Then again, maybe we don’t want to know everything our pups and kitties think about us.
The detractors might have a point, too.