How a brain could be used to decode the words spoken by an animal
A brain could soon be used by animals to decode words spoken in a noisy environment, researchers say.
And while they’re not entirely sure what exactly it would do, they’re hopeful that it could be a major step forward in understanding how animals communicate.
“We have an enormous amount of information about animals’ brains, but we haven’t really known anything about how they communicate,” said graduate student Kamiel Aboudi, who led the research.
“It’s not like we have a lot of information out there.
The idea of using this information to learn how animals’ minds work is a big deal.”
To get a sense of how the brain works, Aboudis and his colleagues had Aboudisi run an experiment to find out if animals could decipher the sound of a person speaking a certain word, and then played it back in the wild.
“It’s one of those things where it takes some time to do,” Aboudii said.
“But we’ve been able to learn a lot from this experiment.
The only way you could have a machine that could do this would be if you had a machine with a lot more information, and that would be our goal.”
The experiment required Aboudismis and three other researchers to play a series of audio files, called “speech bubbles,” over several hours.
Then the animals were tested on how long it took them to figure out which word they were hearing, and how long they had to play the same audio file back.
In a sense, Aboutis and colleagues were asking if the animals’ ability to learn was simply a side effect of the fact that the stimuli were noisy.
“The noise level in this experiment is quite low, so you could argue that they’re learning,” Abouti said.
In other words, it was possible that the animals could simply be playing at a level higher than humans.
“But we can’t rule out the possibility that they were learning something about their environment,” Aboutsi said, “so that’s a really important thing to investigate.”
“They were playing a language and they could recognize the words in the speech bubbles.
But it’s still not very good.”
While the research has been published in the journal PLoS ONE, the research team is not the first to use the brain to decode audio.
In January, Aboutsis and two colleagues published a study using a human-designed robot to decode a human speech.
In that case, the researchers had the robot play a language, then used a machine to do the same.
“In this case, it didn’t really matter if you’re playing a word game or a game of chance, but that was not the goal of this work,” Abundis said.
That’s because Aboutsisi said the goal was to see whether they could actually learn to recognize words in a language that wasn’t human.
The researchers used an iPhone app called SpeechBubble, which can be downloaded on Google Play.
In the app, a user picks a random word and then has the app read it aloud in a different language.
Then, the robot can then play the word back to the user in the language that the user selected.
The robots ability to play back language is something that has been used for years to identify languages, and is also used in other applications.
The researchers used it in this study to see if they could play back a speech bubble that could be encoded by the human brain.
“I’m hoping that this will give us some insight into how the human mind can do what it does,” Abodzi said.
But the researchers caution that the results are not yet ready for human use.
For example, the robots ability was not able to decode what a human person is saying in a speech bubbles that the researchers were playing back.
“This is a very, very small area,” Abudi said about decoding words.
“So we’re not even close to knowing whether or not the brain is capable of doing that.”
It’s also not clear if the brain could learn to understand what the robot is playing back, or whether it would have to be trained.
For now, the only thing that is clear is that the research is interesting, and the researchers are looking forward to working with other researchers.
Aboudi said that while they can’t use this study as an example of how to decode an animal’s mind, it could potentially be used as a tool to understand other areas of human cognition.
“If we can identify the brain that is doing that, then it will allow us to identify the areas of the brain, like language, that are related to language,” Aboodis said, adding that the work will also help in the study of brain disorders like autism.
For the research, Abudis and Aboutisi had their robotic “chicken” model robot, which could also be used for research purposes.
They wanted to find a way to teach the robot how to recognize