Making an Age-Old Dream a Reality
Protected endangered species just got a lot easier thanks to the geniuses at Google. They just released a new app for Android-based smartphones (like the Nexus One, Motorola Droid, HTC G1 Phone, etc) that finally brings the rapidly-improving field of animal cognitive linguistics to the general public. The app uses Google's massive computing power to do statistical inferences on the recorded 'speech' of animals and then translates it into human-understandable language. Check out the demonstration video below.
Making the world's information universally accessible is a key goal for Google. Language is one of our biggest challenges so we have targeted our efforts on removing language barriers between the species. We are excited to introduce Translate for Animals, an Android application which we hope will allow us to better understand our animal friends. We've always been a pet-friendly company at Google, and we hope that Translate for Animals encourages greater interaction and understanding between animal and human.