What would it be like if we could talk to the animals and they could talk to us? For years, movies have played on this fantasy, often to comic effect.
Con Slobodchikoff isn’t just dreaming of talking to animals. He’s actually doing it. His big feat so far has been decoding the language of prairie dogs, which includes descriptive vocabulary words and sentence-like structures.
If his work goes according to plan, we’ll all have the ability to understand what our pets are saying in the next decade, and to talk to them in return.
Con Slobodchikoff is professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University and president and C.E.O. of Animal Communications, Ltd.