Earth Species Project is the name of a new project in California, USA, that aims to communicate with animals using artificial intelligence.
The Earth Species Project team is made up of only ten people, which is not very many. But they are sure that they could learn to understand languages from other species and make it easier for humans to communicate with them. They do this to strengthen their ability to protect them and to improve our relationship with the environment, which has reached a critical point where, if we don’t take action, we will make the Earth uninhabitable.
So, the main goal of the people behind the Earth Species Project is to change our ecological footprint by creating technologies that help preserve biology and diversity and allow us to communicate with the species that live on Earth.
The Earth Species Project uses open source software (Open-source software) to advance scientific and technological studies that try to understand the needs of non-human species, mostly animals, in a way that is collaborative and doesn’t make money. Its main foundation is the progress that has already been made in artificial intelligence, which makes it possible to translate languages without a dictionary. The idea is to use this as a starting point to eventually be able to translate animals into a language that humans can understand and find out if the artificial intelligence that can now translate is also capable of being conscious.
This project has been in the works since 2017, and it has grown thanks in part to donations from Reid Hoffman, who co-founded LinkedIn and is also the leader of this organization and is especially interested in decoding languages that aren’t human.
In a way that is similar to how other artificial intelligence projects work, the Earth Species Project would learn from a computer that would try to figure out how animals communicate and what other things they do that help them form societies. For example, bees dance to talk to each other, and birdsong has always been a way for species to talk to each other.
In the future, it is also hoped that humans will be able to communicate with animals using this technology, such as by using certain frequencies, vibrations, or even songs that cause animals to behave in a certain way. This would help the species develop a new language and, in the best case, help us understand your needs and help you survive.