World-Leading Thinkers Creating an Inter-Species Internet --A Prelude to ET Comm
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_World-Leading Thinkers Creating an Inter-Species Internet --A Prelude to
Posted: 03 Mar 2013 09:15 AM PST
A consortium of of some of the planet's best thinkers and celebrity names
--including Google's _Vint Cerf_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf) ,
a member of the team that set up the protocols for the original Internet;
tech guru Neal Gershenfeld; psychology professor and dolphin researcher _Diana
Reiss_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Reiss) , and "_Shock the Monkey_
musician and techie _Peter Gabriel_ (http://www.petergabriel.com/) (shown
above)--launched the "Interspecies Internet" to facilitate the ability of
animals around the world to communicate with us — and each other.The group
quartet appeared at a recent _TED Conference_ (http://www.ted.com/) to show
off their research so far with sentient animals --animals that have shown
the ability to recognize themselves in the mirror. Reiss, for example, has
built a touchscreen keyboard for dolphins where smart cetaceans get to ask
for various objects and announce their activities. And as crazy as it
sounds, she received seed money Thursday to develop a touchscreen for dolphins.
Gabriel showed a video of a bonobo (one of our closest genetic relatives)
riffing on a keyboard as Gabriel provided background music.
"What was amazing to me was that they seemed a lot more adept at getting a
handle on our language than we were at getting a handle on theirs,"
Gabriel said. I work with a lot of musicians from around the world. Often we don’
t have any common language at all. We sit behind our instruments and it’s a
way to connect," said Gabriel What would happen if we could somehow find
new interfaces – visual, audio — to allow us to communicate with the
remarkable beings we share the planet with?"
"We should not restrict the Internet to one species," added Cerf, who's
working with _NASA_
(http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.8830555556,-77.0163888889&spn=0.01,0.01&q=38.8830555556,-77.0163888889 (NASA)&t=h) on standards
for the _Interplanetary Internet_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplanetary_Internet) . "Other species should be allowed to participate." Cerf added
that such a system would help us prepare for a possible Interplanetary
Internet, should humans ever make contact with alien species.
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