Diana Reiss, Peter Gabriel, Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf

The interspecies internet? An idea in progress

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Filmed Jan 2013 at TED2013
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Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? A new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers — dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician Peter Gabriel, internet of things visionary Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet.

Peter Gabriel
/ Musician, activist

Peter Gabriel writes incredible songs but, as the co-founder of WITNESS and TheElders.org, is also a powerful human rights advocate.  Full bio.

Neil Gershenfeld
/ Physicist, personal fab pioneer

As Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, Neil Gershenfeld explores the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds.  Full bio.

Diana Reiss
/ Cognitive psychologist

Diana Reiss studies animal cognition, and has found that bottlenose dolphins (and Asian elephants) can recognize themselves in the mirror.  Full bio.

Vint Cerf
/ Computer scientist

Vint Cerf, now the chief Internet evangelist at Google, helped lay the foundations for the internet as we know it more than 30 years ago.  Full bio.

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