A consortium of of some of the planet's best thinkers and celebrity names --including Google's Vint Cerf, a member of the team that set up the protocols for the original Internet; famed MIT tech guru Neal Gershenfeld; psychology professor and dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, and "Shock the Monkey" musician and techie Peter Gabriel (shown above)--launched the "Interspecies Internet" to facilitate the ability of animals around the world to communicate with us — and each other.
"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 on standards for the 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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