The Guardian

If dogs could talk, they’d tell us some home truths | John Bradshaw

Technology means we could soon be able to ‘translate’ barks. We really need better ways to understand their needs• John Bradshaw is an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol’s vet school and author
‘Learning to understand a new dog takes time.’ Photograph: Juniors Bildarchiv/Alamy

On 1 April 2010, Google announced a breakthrough for the animal kingdom: an Android App that would allow an impressive range of species, from guinea pig to tortoise, to speak in English. The date was, naturally, significant. Presumably the advertised “animal linguistic database”, against which the “neurobiological acoustics” of the animal’s utterances would be compared, never existed. The “tortoise” file would have been pretty limited, in any case.

Now, the idea of talking animals has resurfaced as part of concept, but this time . It’s mainly focused on dogs, though in

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian3 min read
'He's A Barbarian': Māori Tribe Bans Replica Of Captain Cook's Ship From Port
New Zealand village complains to ministry of culture and heritage over planned visit by a replica of the Endeavour
The Guardian3 min read
The Best Way Of Dealing With Online Trolls? Ignore Them – And Starve Them Of Oxygen | Stuart Heritage
As Countdown’s human calculator has shown with her Twitter abusers, blocking them – and not engaging – is a better way of dealing with them
The Guardian8 min read
The Birth Of Solidarity In Poland - Archive 1980
How the Guardian reported the creation of the first independent labour union in the Soviet bloc