Project CETI, the Cetacean Translation Initiative’s team of researchers, is launching the largest ever “interspecies communications” project.
National Geographic recently updated readers on the latest progress reports. Gruber says that the project is about connecting people with nature.
Gruber told National Geographic that “I had the idea, if people could fall for jellyfish, then it would be possible to fall in love with everything.” “But whales have a way of tapping into our human curiosity. “
Gruber started to study whale language. Gruber’s clicking sounds were heard by a colleague computer scientist. Gruber’s clicks reminded him of Morse Code, a system where letters are represented by combinations of signals of light and sound. Gruber was joined by several other computer scientists who specialize in artificial Intelligence.
Gruber and his colleagues want to greatly increase the number of whale conversations. In order to train machine-learning algorithms–algorithms that can glean relevant patterns from datasets–the researchers need to go from small data to big data. Gruber claims that there are only a few thousand examples currently of whale communication. The algorithms will only work if there are millions of examples.
CETI has launched a multi-pronged effort in order to capture large quantities of whale conversations.
Gruber believes that all of these examples of language could be used in order to create the largest animal behavior dataset. Researchers will be able decipher the whale language to allow them to communicate with researchers. However, it will remain a mystery to how the enormous brains of the whales view the world.