Scientists develop AI to talk to whales

 A team of scientists have developed artificial intelligence to communicate with whales, Hakai magazine reported on October 27. The North American initiative was called the CETI ( Cetacean Translation Initiative) project .

The objective of the project is to understand the language of whales in order to communicate with them. And scientists plan to use artificial intelligence to achieve their ends. The interdisciplinary team wants to succeed in decoding the clicks that sperm whales use to communicate, the "codas", by exploiting Natural Language Processing ( NLP ) , a subdomain of artificial intelligence based on language processing, writes and speak. The first results of deciphering sperm whale “codas” by an NLP algorithm are promising.

“ The codas seemed to work very well, at least for some relatively simple tasks ,” says Michael Bronstein , machine learning manager for the CETI project.. Data is the biggest obstacle facing the CETI project . Indeed, in order to "talk" to the marine giants , scientists must collect four billion sperm whale codas. For now, they can draw on research done by the Dominica Sperm Whale Project , which has collected around 100,000 codas. In order to complete the project, years of research into the natural clothes of whales will be necessary.

When the CETI project comes to an end, scientists may have succeeded in developing a language for communicating with whales and sperm whales. “ It can lead to changes in the way we treat our environment, ” says Bronstein before continuing: “ And maybe, more respect for the living world. And if you can do it with whales, why not with other animals? 

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