Researchers Develop Interactive Touch Screen to Test Dolphin Intelligence

Dolphins are highly intelligent and social animals, but can they use a smartphone built just for them? Yes, scientists have discovered—they can even play games like Whack-a-Mole with little training.

Dolphins are highly intelligent and social animals, but can they use a smartphone built just for them? Yes, scientists have discovered—they can even play games like Whack-a-Mole with little training.
Researchers at Rockefeller University and Hunter College, working with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD, have developed a touchpad for dolphins, the first of its kind, using optical technology. The system, essentially an underwater computer touchscreen through which dolphins are able to interact and make choices, will be used to investigate dolphin intelligence and communication by providing them choice and control over a number of activities.
The eight-foot underwater touchscreen features specialized dolphin-friendly “apps” and a symbolic keyboard to provide the dolphins with opportunities to interact with the system. To make the system safe for the dolphins, the touchscreen has been installed outside an underwater viewing window, so that no parts of the device are in the pool: the animals’ touch is detected optically.

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alexnesbitt
alexnesbitt

Interesting to see the testing on intelligent animals, I'm sure with the uptick in technology there will be for sure more to come.

Norton
Norton

yea

Jasmine
Jasmine

This is great, can we assume, now that we have a means to communicate with them, albeit rather crude and limited, that humanity, more to the point, the Navy, will now seek to show and teach their captive dolphins the danger and possible fatal outcome of their underwater mine / bomb searches... and once/if these highly cerebral sentient creatures grasp the reality of what it is they are being 'trained' for, will they then be given the choice of consent?... and if this can/could be taught to these intelligent beings but is then intentionally omitted should this not fall under some obscure animal welfare law, and if no such law exists, should it not be set in motion as we begin to learn more of the sentient and cognitive prowess of these and other animals... In India, and I believe New Zealand, dolphins have been given the legal status of 'non human persons', surely such a precedent should have far reaching implications for scenarios such as this?

Richard-C
Richard-C

i heard they always know when a woman is pregnant. A friend of mine swims with dolphins in Bimini and she said if a woman is pregnant, they know! By coming close, around the belly...

lbrindley
lbrindley

So cool! Dolphins are incredibly intelligent animals, and I'm sure this will lead to further research to see how they respond to human technology.

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