Do dolphins use language? AI could help answer this fundamental scientific question.

Oct. 31, 2018

The key to interpreting 30 years of data on dolphin sounds could be to use artificial intelligence techniques to identify patterns in the sounds.

Georgia Tech researchers, led by Thad Starner, are part of a larger international team trying to figure out if there are any fundamental units of dolphin vocalization that seem to repeat throughout time. 

“If we can figure out what the dolphins use for saying something like ‘seaweed’, that’s going to be revolutionary. But then if we can go the rest of the way and actually use that same vocalization ourselves for doing this two-way communication work, that would really open up a dialogue, potentially," said Starner.