The Interspecies I/O forum last week announced the $1-million Coller Prize for Interspecies Conversation, whose backers include rock artist Peter Gabriel, former ACM president Vint Cerf, and private equity investor Jeremy Coller.
Other supporters include cognitive psychologist and marine mammal scientist Diana Reiss, and Neil Gershenfeld of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Bits and Atoms.
Cerf, who shared the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 2004 with Robert Kahn, said, "Now that machine learning has become a powerful tool, one can start imagining trying to extract signals from the interactions that we observe intra-species, in the same way that we train the machine learning systems to translate between languages. The edgy part of this ... is what if an alien showed up? How would we interact?"
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