Artificial Intelligence is stepping into the world of cats, helping puzzled pet owners understand their furry companions better.
Dr. Liz Ruelle, from the Wild Rose Cat Clinic, teams up with Sylvester.ai to interpret whiskers, ears, and eyes—key to a cat’s emotional state. “The shape of the whiskers, how are those ears set? That sparkle in the eyes,” Ruelle explains the signs of a cat’s mood.
The Tably app, developed by Susan Groeneveld, uses AI to read these signs. “We saw in that first run of data that we were 96 percent in the AI algorithm to the actual labelled data sets,” Groeneveld shares the app’s success. This tool could guide pet owners through tough decisions, especially towards a cat’s life end. It’s a step towards better feline welfare and might soon expand to other animals.
Deciphering Meows and Twitches
Understanding cats is getting easier as AI steps in to decipher their communication with both humans and other cats. “We could use AI to teach us a lot about what animals are trying to say to us,” says Daniel Mills of the University of Lincoln. Cats have up to 276 expressions for fellow felines, but they change when humans step into the picture. Dr. Brittany Florkiewicz of Lyon College notes the unique facial expressions cats reserve for humans.
Mills’ team uses AI to distinguish emotional states in animals, focusing on features like ear position. This not only helps pet owners but can also assist in ensuring the welfare of farm animals like cows and pigs, by monitoring their emotional states daily.
A Translator for Whiskers and Paws
The AI doesn’t stop at cats. Dr. Elodie Briefer’s work at the University of Copenhagen extends to pigs, decoding their vocalisations to assess their well-being. This could lead to better living conditions on farms. The technology is expanding to include body language, which when combined with vocal analysis, gives a full picture of an animal’s emotional state.
Prof. Christian Rutz from the University of St Andrews sees this as a step towards better animal welfare and conservation. But he also calls for ethical guidelines to ensure the work does no harm.
The Simple Talk of Tails and Ears
Our pets may not talk like we do, but they still tell us a lot in different ways. AI is about to figure out what they are trying to say. It’s more than just turning barks or meows into words; it’s about getting to know what our furry companions feel and what they need.
Apps are on the market, like MeowTalk, which aims to translate your cat’s meows into text. Although it’s difficult to confirm the accuracy, it’s a start in bridging the communication gap between species.
RoboBee Dances with the Bees
The possibility of conversing with animals isn’t limited to pets. Tim Langraf’s research with bees and a robot that can mimic their dance is a step towards understanding and communicating across species. This could lead to innovative ways to support wildlife conservation.
AI is opening doors to new realms of understanding between humans and animals. With dedicated researchers and developers, the mysteries behind every purr, twitch, or meow are becoming clearer. It’s a new era where we’re not just observers but participants in the animal world.
Source : https://techround.co.uk/news/these-apps-help-you-understand-cats-more-with-ai/