Development of human-animal communication

Development of human-animal communication

Wild Card's progress: fully-fledged

This Wild Card came from: 
Foresight/Futures work

The source of this Wild Card: 
UK Sigma Scan http://www.sigmascan.org/Live/Issue/ViewIssue.aspx?IssueId=45&SearchMode=1

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2050+

Wild Card's description 
Ongoing efforts to analyse, replicate and translate the way other species communicate might, in the future, achieve a breakthrough which would allow us to communicate on a far deeper level with animal species, and vice versa. Intelligent creatures (e.g. primates and dolphins) might arguably be capable of conversation and this could radically alter our perception of animal rights and our relationship with the natural world.