There are 19 billion chickens on the planet, and they exist at our pleasure. Yet we don’t really understand them. Perhaps the wisdom of the chicken isn’t something the world needs to hear, but on the other hand, as factory farming techniques proliferate around the world, and the risk of diseases intensifies, any information chickens can communicate is valuable.
Engineers and poultry scientists at The University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating with farmers to interpret the chicken language to monitor flock and farm conditions. They’ve developed software that can listen in chicken facilities and alert farmers to problems with temperature, air quality, illness, or other stressors.
Humanity has entered a new era.
The collapse of wildlife and climate change are the most notable features of a proposed new epoch in planetary history known as the Anthropocene, in which, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth.”