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Artificial intelligence is aiding scientists in communicating with animals using large language models (LLMs). The ability to understand animal languages could lead to improved animal welfare and changed interactions with animals in the wild. Research is being conducted to communicate with various animals, including mice, pigs, dolphins, whales, bats, and other species. Progress has already been made, as algorithms have been developed to help animals communicate in a way that humans can understand.
"Deciphering animal sounds and transforming them into actual syntax is a remarkably difficult task, but we have begun to make progress," says Kevin Coffey, a research assistant professor at the University of Washington.
While dogs can understand around 100 words and apes can communicate through sign language, translating animal sounds, words, and ideas into functional communication is complex. Animal communication ranges from chirps to roars, unlike human communication.
The range of sounds animals make-from chirps to roars-is unlike any form of human communication.