Many of the people who own either a dog or a cat love to sometimes talk to them. They may not be able to answer, but there is that feeling that they can understand what we’re saying. Now, according to some new reports, thanks to Artificial Intelligence, we might soon be able to communicate with our pets. It seems that a team of scientists from the United States are currently developing an instrument. Its purpose is to translate the sounds that pets make into human language. If they are successful, the device is going to have its official release sometime in the next ten years.
Still, many people cannot help but wonder: even with this device, it is really possible to have a conversation with a dog? Experts are saying that human cognition is extremely different from animal cognition. So, even if Artificial Intelligence is going to try and help us out, it might still be impossible for us to understand what they’re thinking or saying. However, it seems that brain imaging technology might be the key to understanding the language dogs use.
Could Artificial Intelligence help us understand our pets?
According to Gregory Berns, neuroscientist at Emory University, magnetic resonance imaging detects mental states in humans thanks to brain activity. Berns has successfully put a dog inside a brain scanning device that can read its brain activity. According to him, this is easier with dogs because they are seeing humans as their friends, not food givers. They have a reward system in their brains which functions on both praise and food. This means that a dog can also enjoy the company or the social bond with humans as it is.
If this device becomes reality, it could eliminate that guess game when it comes to caring for the pets. Also, it could strengthen the emotional bond between the animal and its owner.
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