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Old 04 June 2013, 11:12 PM
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Mouse Animal Behaviorist: We'll Soon Have Devices That Let Us Talk with Our Pets

We all try to talk with animals, but very few of us do so professionally.

And even fewer are trying to build devices that could allow us to communicate with our pets and farm animals.

Meet one person who is trying to do just that: Con Slobodchikoff, a professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University, and a modern-day Dr. Doolittle.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technolog...r-pets/276532/
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Old 04 June 2013, 11:45 PM
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This can only end poorly.
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Old 05 June 2013, 12:17 AM
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Dexter's Laboratory Talking Dog

I don't even wanna know what the cats would say.
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Old 05 June 2013, 12:32 AM
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I often tell our talkative cat that we probably wouldn't keep him around if we knew what he was saying. And he's the friendlier of our two cats.
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Old 05 June 2013, 05:29 AM
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I would pay anything for a device that would let me talk to my cats. I'd save up for years if i had to. Even if it turned out that all my cats said were 'feed me now' and 'clean litter now' and 'pets now' It'd be worth it.
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Old 05 June 2013, 07:08 AM
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Pffft, there's already a ton of videos of talking cats out there on Youtube.
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Old 05 June 2013, 08:16 AM
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My cats are darn clear about what they're saying. They have me perfectly trained. I don't need to listen in to their idle gossip about hairballs, how feathers get stuck in the throat or "wow, that was an amaaaazing dump I just had and I to-o-o-tally missed the litter tray".

They have taught me the commands for "feed me" "feed me something nicer" "clean the tray" "bed time" and "NOW!" among others.
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Old 05 June 2013, 12:49 PM
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My Cheeto is an artist at conveying the silent message "bed time NOW Mommy!"
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Old 05 June 2013, 01:06 PM
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Tickles has a particular yell for "I'm carrying my toy!" It is unfortunately very similar sounding to her yell for "I'm going to puke!"

I can usually tell them apart, but occasionally I've come running to try to herd her off carpeted areas, just to see her with her catnip spider hanging out of her mouth.
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Old 05 June 2013, 01:14 PM
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My Cheeto is an artist at conveying the silent message "bed time NOW Mommy!"
Imhotep isn't silent about this at all. She's even more vocal when her little kitty mind misses the fact that I'm already in bed and she starts meowing to figure out where I am. It's embarrassing; it's a one-bedroom apartment!

Anyhow if she gets ahold of this device she'll be ordering delivery.
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Old 05 June 2013, 01:17 PM
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Hammy is our chatter/singer. Cheeto just sits and mopes and scowls at me from sunset until I go to bed.
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Old 05 June 2013, 02:14 PM
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Very little of feline communication is verbal. The verbal portion is mostly an attention getting device: look at me so you can see what I'm saying! The communication is mostly in the position of ears and tail, with assists from the rest of the body. Humans are seriously handicapped in speaking cat because we have no tails and our ears don't move properly.

"Where are you?" is a partial exception, as it's used when the cat and whoever the cat is talking to are out of sight of each other; but it's not as if there's a specific meow word for "Where are you?" Different cats will make a different sound.
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I guess it would work like this.

Toad"Hamburgers!"Magnet
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Old 05 June 2013, 08:11 PM
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My cats also use "the glare" and some very eloquent tail and ear language.

Add Destructor-Kitty to the list of cats who'd be on the phone ordering pizza delivery if she could.
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Old 05 June 2013, 08:54 PM
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"Large pizza, extra anchovies. On second thought, just send anchovies."
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One day my cat was sitting in the vegetable patch. I was upstairs looking down from the bedroom window. She saw me and stared at me for 10 secs. Then she gave me "wassup". You know the kind of head nod people give by jerking their head slightly backwards. Wassup?

I know it was just coincidental and she probably saw something on the roof above me. But, I couldn't stop laughing.
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My cats also use "the glare" and some very eloquent tail and ear language.
Actually now that you mention it would it be possible to make anything resembling a dog/cat translator that didn't incorporate body language and scent?
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On "Star Trek: Enterprise", the Ferengi had a universal translator which didn't work on Captain Archer's pet dog, Porthos. Maybe it just didn't speak "beagle".
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Maybe it was working perfectly and the dog's barking just meant "bark!"
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No mention of the dog from Up!? I figure that's more or less what an animal would sound like.
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