Researchers have begun to create a new technology that could soon allow humans and dolphins to talk to each other.
Dolphins have long been considered by scientists to be the most intelligent animals on the planet besides humans.
The Cetaccean Hearing and Telemetry (CHAT) program has for an object "co-creation" a language that uses the natural sounds of wild dolphins, which can then be employed to talk with them.
Human beings have been able to communicate with dolphins since the 1960's. Studies have shown that dolphins can learn up to about 100 human words.
With the help of his students, Starner is currently building a prototype device that includes a "smartphone-sized computer" and two hyrdophones, which can detect the sounds of dolphins. Eventually, a diver can carry the device in a waterproof case that will be strapped to the chest. When the hydrophone pics up dolphin chatter, an LED in the diver’s mask will light up. The diver can then use an on-board Twiddler, a kind of keyboard-mouse combo, to respond to the dolphin.