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Translator Puts Us Closer To Dolphin Communication

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the dolittle-communications dept.

Idle 179

LordStormes sent in a link to an article about a new device that may allow dolphins to finally thank us for all the fish. Denise Herzing, founder of the Wild Dolphin Project and Thad Starner, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, have been working on a project called Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry or CHAT. The pair hope that CHAT will allow them to "co-create" a language with wild dolphins, allowing the two species to communicate. From the article: "Herzing and Starner will start testing the system on wild Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) in the middle of this year. At first, divers will play back one of eight 'words' coined by the team to mean 'seaweed' or 'bow wave ride,' for example. The software will listen to see if the dolphins mimic them. Once the system can recognize these mimicked words, the idea is to use it to crack a much harder problem: listening to natural dolphin sounds and pulling out salient features that may be the 'fundamental units' of dolphin communication."

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179 comments

First Dolphin Post (5, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098250)

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Re:First Dolphin Post (2)

masterwit (1800118) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098332)

So sad it should come to this...we tried to warn you all but oh dear!

Ah this translator seems much more useful than I previously had thought at first glance... maybe this didn't belong in idle after all?

Re:First Dolphin Post (4, Informative)

Purity Of Essence (1007601) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098614)

Douglas Adams died ten years ago today.

*insert Twilight Zone music*

Re:First Dolphin Post (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098654)

That sounds improbable.

Re:First Dolphin Post (1)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098690)

Infinitely improbable?

More like... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098734)

Hey assholes! Stop crapping up the oceans!

Re:More like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36099060)

>Hey assholes! Stop crapping up the oceans!

Just reading your comment (maybe reading the parent first could shed some doubts), I imagined some researchers saying that to the dolphins. Because the shit in the sea (I assume).

Then I realized you probably meant it the other way around...

Re:First Dolphin Post (1)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098850)

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

... poisoned with mercury

Re:First Dolphin Post (2)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099438)

Ahhh, Mercury.

Sweetest of the transition metals.

Re:First Dolphin Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098878)

The first line in the summary already made this joke - mod redundant

Re:First Dolphin Post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36099386)

ch ch ch ch ch eck ch ch click?

ach!

so long... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098260)

...and thanks for all the fish.

English? (1)

Grindalf (1089511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098276)

I thought dolphins speak English! What's that matter, can't you take the notion and concept of talking mammals? :0)

Re:English? (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098362)

Given the number of Americans who can't manage to speak proper English either...

Re:English? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098608)

Finish your sentence!

Re:English? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098558)

Yeah, I assume the researchers are much smarter than the blurb summery makes them out to be. Some human languages have different basic sounds than others. Some even use clicks and other sounds vastly different than what we are used to. Assuming a bunch of random groups of wild dolphins will speak the same 'language' or even have the same "'fundamental units' of dolphin communication" is a stretch.

Re:English? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099230)

Forget clicks and whistles, lots of languages lack the dental fricative we use for the th sound in English.

Second dolphin post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098280)

I WANT TO EAT YOUR BRAINS!

if the dolphins are smart... (2)

notgm (1069012) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098292)

if the dolphins are smart enough to understand us, they'll play dumb.

Re:if the dolphins are smart... (1)

Moryath (553296) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098370)

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” - Calvin & Hobbes.

Didn't Penn & Teller do an episode on this? (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099032)

I remember an episode of Bullshit where they dealt with the "dolphins are as smart as humans" junk and basically showed how the whole idea went back to some Timothy-Leary-esque "researcher" (John Lilly [wikipedia.org] ) who spent his off days dropping acid and spouting nonsense about how the dolphins could heal us too.

Re:if the dolphins are smart... (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099066)

if the dolphins are smart enough to understand us, they'll play dumb.

Agreed. I'm sure they see no advantage to meaningful communication with a bunch of bald apes. They're probably afraid we'll try to make them pay property taxes on the ocean they live in, or some other stupid idea.

Obligatory Far Side (5, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098298)

We're getting another one of those aw-blah esspanyol [hubimg.com] sounds!

Re:Obligatory Far Side (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098426)

awesome reference dkleinsc!

Re:Obligatory Far Side (1)

zebs (105927) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098666)

Never did get that particular Far Side.

Re:Obligatory Far Side (1)

Colourspace (563895) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098806)

Never got the far side full stop. Or period, if you will.

Re:Obligatory Far Side (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098958)

Never did get that particular Far Side.

The joke is that dolphin speech is actually quite simple - it's spanish - and the scientists are over thinking the problem so much they don't recognize what should be a simple code. It's another twist on the old "time is money; look at the clock!" followed by "get that bird to shut up!" bit.

Re:Obligatory Far Side (1)

Boronx (228853) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099464)

I never got it either, can you explain it to me too?

Re:Obligatory Far Side (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098960)

Habla Espanol

Re:Obligatory Far Side (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098968)

It's Non Sequitur, what's not to get.

Re:Obligatory Far Side (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099248)

It's not non sequitur..? It makes sense if the researchers have never heard Spanish.

Unlikely? Yes. Non sequitur? Bananas.

Re:Obligatory Far Side (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36099016)

The joke is that the dolphins are speaking Spanish, and the researchers don't understand it, leading them to just categorise it as a series of noises.

Basically this [xkcd.com] for another age.

Meh, already done (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098306)

As Stan Smith showed, he taught Steve how to communicate with dolphins and all they, the dolphins, want to talk about is mackerel.

What was the series... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098316)

I remember when I was a kid I used to watch some sci-fi series that had a dolphin with a translator device on it, all the people talked to it like another human. Can't remember what it was now.

Re:What was the series... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098352)

It was seaQuest DSV. People made fun of the talking dolphin in the '90s. Looks like the producers and writers of that show had more foresight than they were given credit.

Re:What was the series... (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098412)

Or they and these researchers are smoking the same brand of ganja weed.

Re:What was the series... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099368)

Because the talking dolphin idea was one of those obvious gimmicks to make the show appeal to a larger audience you combined that with him being friends with the local kid genius. Having random kids and/or talking animals in plots where they are supposed to be in danger is quite stupid but they do it for ratings. As for the most part the adults will just ignore them and the kids would like them.
 

Re:What was the series... (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099392)

It was seaQuest DSV. People made fun of the talking dolphin in the '90s. Looks like the producers and writers of that show had more foresight than they were given credit.

Well, I watched some SeaQuest, and what I always made fun of was that the translator made the dolphin talk like a 1950s robot. Or Talking Moose.

Why on earth would you do that? I mean if you were building an actual dolphin translator, not making a TV show. It's not like you just take dolphin noises, pass them through some analog filters like they're an electric guitar, and what comes out is English but with a "dolphin accent". You'd use a dictionary of dolphin 'words'. And it's not like Talking Moose or Stephen Hawking's chair, where the dolphin could type out words that aren't in the dictionary. So, just have a dictionary of recorded words and have the dolphin sound normal.

In any case it was just stupid to have the advanced technology on display, but have the voice synthesis technology be stuck in the 80s.

I still loved the talking dolphin character though. :)

Re:What was the series... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098372)

Seaquest DSV, dolphins name was Darwin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeaQuest_DSV

Re:What was the series... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098444)

Ah yes that was it.

Re:What was the series... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098382)

Seaquest, DSV

Re:What was the series... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098390)

it was seaquest

Re:What was the series... (1)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098416)

I remember when I was a kid I used to watch some sci-fi series that had a dolphin with a translator device on it, all the people talked to it like another human. Can't remember what it was now.

I'm sure it was not the first to do so but SeaQuest seems likely.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106126/ [imdb.com]

Now a closer theatrical match to this research may be Day of the Dolphin.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069946/ [imdb.com]

Re:What was the series... (1)

YesDinosaursDidExist (1268920) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098450)

SeaQuest DSV - the dolphin's name was Darwin.

Re:What was the series... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098474)

Yep it was SeaQuest.

Re:What was the series... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098660)

Flipper? Wait a second... that's not a translation device, that's a penis!

Ha! (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098354)

"We were all for communicating with you land-dwelling monkeys, but then we saw that Ralph Macchio was put on Dancing With The Stars, and we decided our time would be better spent rubbing our genitals against each other. Now please do fuck off."

Re:Ha! (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098706)

I don't know about the quote (what dolphins have cable TV?), but if you think about it, the general premise is probably right.

    Why would any wild animals want to be more like us? We build and grow, leaving massive destruction in the path. We toil away constantly at some goal of wealth and happiness, which drives us from birth to death.

    Dolphins live happily in the ocean. They are free to eat, sleep, and reproduce. Occasionally, they take advantage of humans by riding on their mechanically produced waves (i.e., bow wave).

    Why would they want to get any closer to us than they need to? We're already terrorists, killing dolphins, polluting their environment, and kidnapping their own for human entertainment [wikipedia.org] . Nope, rather than wanting to be friendly, chat with us, and take treats from us, they'd likely want to get their revenge.

Re:Ha! (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098774)

In all seriousness, I'm wondering what we're supposed to do if we find out that dolphins are sentient creatures. We have, whether we always honor it or not, created an array of international accords on human rights. Do we open that up to them? Does that mean that we would have to demand Japan and other nations that have killed them pay compensation? What kind of compensation would a dolphin want? What about territorial issues?

Re:Ha! (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099440)

In all seriousness, I'm wondering what we're supposed to do if we find out that dolphins are sentient creatures. We have, whether we always honor it or not, created an array of international accords on human rights. Do we open that up to them? Does that mean that we would have to demand Japan and other nations that have killed them pay compensation? What kind of compensation would a dolphin want? What about territorial issues?

They probably ARE sentient (depends on your definition). This issue has been a problem for mankind for a long time. The more we know about biology, the more we realize that we're not all that different from Everything Else. The big problem, IMHO, is that treating dolphins or whales (or dogs, cats, politicians) like humans doesn't get them all that far. We're pretty ill behaved critters towards everything and everybody, sentience be damned.

Re:Ha! (1)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098842)

> they'd likely want to get their revenge.
And what better way than to have our military-industrial complex spend us to deat? All they'd have to do is feed the CIA false intelligence about terrorists having sharks with frickin' lasers.

Re:Ha! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098918)

Whatever, avatard.

Toiling away at wealth and happiness is a vast improvement over toiling away at staying alive. If you disagree, go run off and live in the jungle, and spare us of your foolishness.

Chimpanzees (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099326)

Chimpanzees want to be more like us. "Retired" chimpanzees given the choice between a "wild" setting and a apartment setting chose to split thier time between the two. They like laying on a sofa and watching TV. Tarzan's Chimp like to lay around and watch reruns of himself. or, as Mencken said "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” This may well be true for the rest of the animal kindgom.

That means... (2)

iLoveLamp (1676532) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098422)

they must be one step closer to translating ponies! Very exciting times we live in! Oh my!!

Ooloorie Eckickeck P'Wheet (1)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098446)

Ooloorie Eckickeck P'Wheet will be pleased!

Re:Ooloorie Eckickeck P'Wheet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098624)

Are you sure?, I mean I don't see how the calorific value of chicken is of much use to dolphins.

Next Whales (1)

softWare3ngineer (2007302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098448)

...so a starship caption can come back in time and save the world from an ambiguous dark-matter like blob from space.

Re:Next Whales (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098530)

...so a starship caption can come back in time and save the world from an ambiguous dark-matter like blob from space.

Subtitles from the future!
What interesting times we live in.

Re:Next Whales (1)

LordStormes (1749242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098658)

Not ambiguous at all. In the original Star Trek 4 (fixed on the VHS release) you could see the Budweiser logo on the cylindrical probe if you watched it in frame-by-frame. It was a beer can.

Re:Next Whales (1)

softWare3ngineer (2007302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098552)

or captain. kinda loses its comedic punch with a misspelling.

Re:Next Whales (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098568)

...so a starship caption can come back in time and save the world from an ambiguous dark-matter like blob from space.

Gracie is pregnant.

can't trust 'em! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098452)

Carl Sagan was sexually molested by a dolphin. [williampoundstone.net]
A male dolphin.

Re:can't trust 'em! (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098796)

Well at least now they can chat you up first.

Welcome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098460)

I, for one, welcome our new dolphin overlords.

Somehow fitting (3, Interesting)

Cryolithic (563545) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098470)

On the 10th anniversary of Douglas Adam's death.

Re:Somehow fitting (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098756)

Whose Douglas Adam?

Re:Somehow fitting (1)

WalksOnDirt (704461) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099180)

Mine? Or anyone who enjoyed his work.

Not mine, certainly. (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099190)

My Douglas Adam is alive and well, thank you very much.

Re:Somehow fitting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36099250)

Whose Douglas Adam?

Persnickety answer: Mine. Yes, I own him. I own you too.
Less persnickety answer: You too can know things if you use the power of the Internets [wikipedia.org] .

"co-create" a language? (1)

Syncerus (213609) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098484)

Some forms of communication are designed to transfer information; but others are designed to obscure or refract it. Phony terms like "co-create" do nothing to generate confidence in the legitimacy of this project.

Re:"co-create" a language? (1, Interesting)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098682)

What they're getting at is basically a feedback loop, introduce a few 'words' to the Dolphins so that we have something to start with, then try to learn a few 'words' that the Dolphins already use amongst themselves and then use those words to 'speak' back to the dolphins, maybe adding a few more of our own invention to help with structure.

Honestly though, research has shown that Dolphins can keep track of at least 100 different words... compare that to a great ape which is capable of up to a couple thousand... then compare that to a human which is capable of tens of thousands. Someone up above made the joke that they got the system working and all the dolphins wanted to talk about was mackerel, I suspect that the joke isn't too far from the truth. If dolphins communicate with each other in a significant way, they're going to be communicating things that dolphins care about; where the food is, the dolphin that just joined the group, where the predators are, and, quite frankly, who is having sex with whom. It's fascinating from a linguistics and animal intelligence perspective, but the dialog isn't going to be anything earth shattering or amazing.

Re:"co-create" a language? (1)

Syncerus (213609) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099010)

A very nice and thoughtful comment. Sometimes I come across more negative than I prefer, but a pet peeve of mine is speech designed to fold, spindle and mutilate the simple truth. Had the authors of the study chosen to use terms similar to your own, I would cheer them onward. Jokes about "dolphin sausage" aside, who can help but smile when around the animals?

Perhaps I mean to say that I like dolphins but dislike bunny huggers? Especially academic bunny huggers out to exploit public affection for the animals.

Another project I remember... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098518)

... was a project that used a huge grid of objects that dolphins used to communicate Wants to humans, and humans equally could activate these.
Not sure what happened to this project though, it was pretty interesting.
It sounded like possibly one of the easiest ways to develop a bridging language between 2 species.
A common representation between the 2 species, they both eventually learn to make the sensory events associated with them so they can each learn them, and after a period of time, there'd be a pretty comprehensive database of both languages between the species.
Of course, dolphins in this case would need to learn each other what we are talking about since the ocean barred them from developing tools and limbs required for complex note-taking.

Good luck to this project and any other interspecies communication projects.

They always say that the first message from aliens would be the biggest thing ever.
But there are aliens right in front of us, waiting to be heard, but we ignore them because they are not like us.
Communicating with other intelligent animals on Earth is something we should be doing.
Many of them are very socially intelligent, some even use nature to their advantage.
We were just the lucky ones this time. We got the right conditions and right external influences that led to our intelligence developing the way it did, that allowed us to think beyond the environment we see.
Dolphins, monkeys, even canines, all show pretty decent intelligence, some equal to that of young, developing humans.
I look forward to the day where I can interact with other species of this world directly. Seems like a nice thought.

Re:Another project I remember... (1)

0123456 (636235) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098610)

Communicating with other intelligent animals on Earth is something we should be doing.

First you need to find some intelligent animals that have a concept of communication and something interesting to say. I'm far from convinced that dolphins will ever say much more than 'Mmm, fish. Tasty fish.'

Re:Another project I remember... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36099124)

"But there are aliens right in front of us, waiting to be heard, but we ignore them because they are not like us."

ya... those guys speak something called "Spanish".

Fa Loves Pa! (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098526)

Awesome! Now we can tell them that if we take the awesome jackets we're putting on them to boats of interest, they get free fish.

Let's see who gets the reference.

Re:Fa Loves Pa! (1)

hiryuu (125210) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099110)

72 fish, to be exact?

Re:Fa Loves Pa! (1)

hiryuu (125210) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099166)

D'oh! I lose. In my effort to be funny, I completely missed the subject line and the reference therein (until memory was jogged by a comment further down). Oops. :)

Re:Fa Loves Pa! (1)

hldn (1085833) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099188)

day of the dolphin. i just watched it the other day!

home hydrogen fuel plant; several 100$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098546)

of course one needs a properly equipped vehicle. hopefully one that also floats & flies, under droid power, like the citizen hunting drones, used by our rulers, instead of being honest, about anything, ever.

Meh ... (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098578)

Do a version for sharks and you'll start a quantum leap in laser warfare.

I'm really sick... (1)

FlipperPA (456193) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098594)

...of these freeloaders coming to our shores from the ocean who don't even speak English! They don't pay any taxes either!

Not sure this is a good idea... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098672)

What happens when they start asking questions like "Have you seen my father? He was hanging out with some tuna a while back. One of your boats came by and we haven't seen him since". And of course "Why are you dumping all that crap in the Ocean?"

Awkward!

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (1)

WiseWeasel (92224) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098730)

With any luck, the dolphin words we'll "make up" will already have the meaning of "your mother is a goat", and they will simply be offended.

Pffft. (2)

FriendlyPrimate (461389) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098746)

If dolphins are so smart, how come they haven't built a translator to communicate with us yet?

Re:Pffft. (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098938)

Because they don't have fingers and opposable thumbs.

Re:Pffft. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36098986)

You try to build something only gripping things in your mouth...

Re:Pffft. (1)

ZonkerWilliam (953437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099074)

Excuses, excuses.

Origins of the Universal Translator? (1)

gstrickler (920733) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098782)

This may be the beginning of the Star Trek universal translator. But, only if it actually works.

Good as long as you... (1)

ZonkerWilliam (953437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098922)

Don't put in curse words! Just what we don't want to listen to, how we "f**king humans" f**ked up their waters ... blah,blah,blah.

Dolphin secrets (1)

proggoddess (182061) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098972)

I heard on the Rush Limbaugh show that it'll be good when we learn what dolphins know until they leak the location of Osama bin Laden's grave.

Does that mean... (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 3 years ago | (#36098976)

... Seaquest has finally launched?

First Message (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099058)

"Freee Meeee!"

Dolphons speak 3D sonar. (4, Interesting)

viking80 (697716) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099076)

dolphins use sonar to geolocate and find food. The sonar pattern used also depends on whether they are navigating, searching for prey or attacking. When a dolphin "tells" where to go to find fish, it will play back a stylised summary of the sonar imagery from navigating past the steep cliff, to "seeing" the school of 1kg macrel, to the successful attack.

This 3D communication is efficient and fast, and connects directly to the visual part of the brain. Powerful and emotional imagery can be communicated well.

Humans 1D voice communication compared is inefficient, indirect and lack precision and descriptive elements.

"Riding a bow wave" is a 1D sequence of sound that has very little info or precision compared to the sonar echo of actually riding the wave.

Humans should probably try to speak sonar, rather than try to dumb down a dolphin to speak human

Re:Dolphons speak 3D sonar. (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099134)

Interesting proposition. Got a source for that?

First Message From The Dolphins... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36099094)

"Keep your stinking paws off us, you damn dirty apes!"

Language? (2)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099186)

Are we really even sure there's a language at use here? A computer can either search for system, syntax and grammar, or just do a frequency analysis on soundbites. If dolphins are using the former then they might have a chance, but if it's the latter the best they can hope for is a dictionary - which sounds much the same, but it's the comparison is akin to a well written program versus a two element CSV file.

I see a use for this (1)

billsayswow (1681722) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099342)

Forget quantum computing... I want a dolphin-powered computer.

Shouldn't they start with the universal greeting? (1)

goltzc (1284524) | more than 3 years ago | (#36099468)

Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong.
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  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
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  • em
  • strong
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  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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