Although just seeing a spider can make many of us jump out of our skin, do you want to know what a spider web sounds like? Well, a new study shows that it can make your spine tremble with its characteristic reverberation tune. Markus Buehler, professor of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and his team have been using artificial intelligence to study spider webs.

Reuters quoted Buehler in a report saying that spider webs may provide information to the orchestra-from communications to construction.

When talking about the almost foreboding sounds made by the Internet, he said: “Spiders use vibration as a way to communicate with other spiders and the environment.”

As part of the research, these vibrations of the spider were recorded. The professor said that artificial intelligence was then used to learn these vibration patterns and associate them with certain actions. He added: “Basically learn the language of spiders.”

Buehler and his team created a 3D model of the spider web. These models are based on different actions performed by spiders, including construction, maintenance, hunting, and foraging. Once the team can recognize the patterns in the spider signal, they can use mathematical algorithms and computers to recreate the sound.

Buehler described the spider web as “a completely different animal”, “What they see or perceive is actually inaudible or invisible to human eyes or ears. Therefore, by displacing it, we begin to experience this. .”

Buehler further explained the nuances behind the sound produced. “The melody is indeed the kind of relationship that spiders will experience. This way we can start to be a bit like spiders,” he said.

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The professor added that the living structure of spider webs may lead to innovations in construction, maintenance and repair. He said: “We can imagine creating a synthetic system that will mimic what spiders do in detecting and repairing networks.”

The report added that scientists say that the silk of spider webs is five times stronger than steel.

Buehler and his team hope that their work will help humans understand the language of spiders and communicate with them in the future.


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