Source: The Guardian 

The Jeremy Coller Foundation and Tel Aviv University have launched the Coller Dolittle Challenge, offering a $10 million prize for achieving interspecies two-way communication. AI is not required but could enhance proposals. The challenge draws inspiration from successful machine-learning algorithms that have translated bat and rodent communication. The Earth Species Project is also developing universal communication systems for animals. Annual $100,000 prizes will support rigorous, non-invasive research that measures animals’ responses.

The goal is for animals to communicate naturally, akin to the Turing test for AI. The initiative aims to advance understanding of animal sentience and support animal rights. Some experts express skepticism about AI’s ability to fully interpret animal communication without long-term social context, while others see potential for significant breakthroughs in understanding and respecting animal experiences. Submissions are open until July 31.

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