Vint Cerf Dreams of an Internet That Connects Humans to Animals—and Aliens

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If it weren't for the fact that Vint Cerf was the grandaddy of the internet, people might be pointing and laughing at him. In a TED discussion panel last night, about how technology is being used to communicate with animals, Cerf spoke freely about an internet that connects humans with animals and aliens.

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But given his background, he's probably not far off the mark. From a TED blog post about the discussion panel, it appears Cerf uttered the following:

"Forty years ago we wrote the script of the internet. Thirty years ago we turned it on. We thought we were building a system to connect computers together. But we quickly learned that it's a system for connecting people.

"What's important about what these people are doing: They're beginning to learn how to communicate with species that are not us, but share a sensory environment. [They're figuring out] what it means to communicate with something that's not a person. I can't wait to see these experiments unfold.

"These interactions with other animals will teach us, ultimately, how we might interact with an alien from another world. I can hardly wait."

Of course, one man's lunacy is another's ambition—but knowing Cerf's track record, it seems likely that he's onto something. In which case, we can hardly wait either. [TED]

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DISCUSSION

HagarViking
HagarViking

The Internet is about computers passing information, storing information and processing information ending up in a human reading it. And vice-versa. Best we can do, is to track and listen to animals but not talk to them!. And aliens, they do not use such primitive communications technology. They use consciousness to communicate directly to our brains and there are people capable of doing this to animals as well. It is a lost capability to humans ever since we learn to read and write. Today, there are numerous humans communicating to aliens using telepathy and some time channelling. You can see that un Youtube and also many live sessions. The person talking is not the same human as you see but someone else. Vince has joined Kurzweil in the group of old men who has "lost it" over the years and has never explored their consciousness in a level that allows them to transcend whatever they have learned to date. It is sad to see such decline.