The update means that we might be able to talk to our furry friends soon
HUMANS are one step closer to talking to animals as new technologies are allowing artificial intelligence-enabled robots to speak with different species.
Karen Bakker, a professor at the University of British Columbia, recently revealed this technology is being used to communicate with honeybees, dolphins and elephants and offered up a warning regarding the development.
“The next stage in this research is to implant these robots into honeybee hives so the hives accept these robots as members of their community from birth.”
At that point, Bakker emphasized that humans would have “an unprecedented degree of control” over those hives, basically “domesticating” them.
“This creates the possibility of exploitive use of animals. And there’s a long history of the military use of animals, so that’s one path that I think raises a lot of alarm bells,” she said.
For Bakker, who further discusses the recent technology in her book The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants, these concerns should not stop scientists from pursuing communication with animals.