Saturday, March 10, 2012

How Long Until Humans Can Communicate With Dolphins In Their Language?

The other day, I was reminded by someone of an old article I had written about the potential for dolphin/human communication and how we might go about putting together an electronic device to do that. It shouldn't be difficult at all actually. Yes, I am talking about talking with the dolphins. Now then, I do have some theories on direct dolphin communications. You see, they have large brains and abilities we do not have with extra sensors.
Luckily, it seems we have decoded their 'clicks' and they use a simpler sentence structure than most human languages such as "bob, ball, go get" which would be the click signification for the individual dolphin, click for name of object, then the action. Perhaps, the opposite of that famous line in Star Wars where one species says to a human; "What Say You," and so I hope you now see that point.
So, we seem to know enough now to ramp up that linguistic research to have a conversation. They might like that. Of course, since their language is spontaneous, I don't doubt that different dolphins living in different parts of the world use different communication strategies, sentence structures, etc. just as humans in the Amazon jungle do, or the differences in the World's major languages. I think we could learn one hell of a lot through this communication, not to mention it will helps as humans in the future prove Drake's equation or the theory behind it correct as we explore elsewhere.
You see, there might be a lot more intelligent life out there than we believe, and we ought to start practicing with the intelligent life on our own planet and learn how to communicate. There are dolphins, chimpanzees, and other intelligent life. What about multi-leg sea creatures? They aren't exactly stupid either. We seem to do okay with nonverbal communication with our pets whether they be dogs, cats, livestock animals, or birds.
Maybe it's time to take it all to the next level. We've already designed tablet computer systems which allow us to talk through a translation device. When it comes right down to it isn't that what we are trying to do here? Even if we get the sentence structure wrong with the dolphins and they laugh as us, they are still smart enough to know what we mean, even if we may not be smart enough to communicate with them yet. Maybe they think we are just stupid, who knows maybe we are.
Dolphins seem like an obvious choice, and maybe we should put more effort into bona fide linguistic goal communication and translation through computational devices with audio. We listen to what they say, and we can tell by this sounds and duration of their "clicks" the significance of each word thus, deriving the meaning of their sentences. We have enough knowledge now to make this happen. Therefore we should. Interestingly enough, I'm not the only one who's been thinking here, and it deserves funding and more research. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

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