We detail a scientific roadmap for advancing the understanding of whale communication that can be built as a model for deciphering other forms of animal and non-human communication. Sperm whales, with their highly developed neuroanatomical features, cognitive abilities, social structures, and discrete click-based coding, provide an excellent model for advanced tools that can be applied to other animals in the future. We describe the key elements needed to collect and process massive datasets, detecting basic units of communication and language-like higher-level structures, and validating models through reading experiments. interactive. The technological capabilities developed by such a company offer potential for cross-application in broader communities investigating non-human communication and behavioral research.
It’s from a new research paper by Jacob Andreas, et al., and the (unprotected) article offers considerable detail on exactly how to do this. They already have funding from Dalio and Audacious.