Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf, along with musician Peter Gabriel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Neil Gershenfeld, and cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss have proposed a new inter-species Internet that would facilitate communication between humans and animals. They discussed their vision at the recent TED conference.
"All kinds of possible sentient beings may be interconnected," Cerf says. "We're beginning to explore what it means to communicate with something that isn't just another person."
Cerf previously has discussed the idea of an interplanetary Internet that could facilitate communication between planets, satellites, asteroids, robotic spacecraft, and crewed vehicles. He believes the Web could connect the cosmos.
"What that means is that what we're learning with these interactions with other species will teach us, ultimately, how we might interact with an alien from another world," Cerf says. "I can hardly wait."
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