A team of scientists—co-led by Elodie Briefer of the University of Copenhagen—has used an AI algorithm to translate acoustic characteristics within a pig’s grunts to determine how the animal is feeling. The aim of decoding these “oinks, snuffles, grunts and squeals” is to improve animal, and particularly livestock, wellbeing. As Briefer explains, “We have trained the algorithm to decode pig grunts. Now we need someone who wants to develop the algorithm into an app that farmers can use to improve the welfare of their animals.” Read more at The Guardian.
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