Internet for non-humans

Would it make sense on any level to think about an Internet for non-humans? What would the internet for a dog look like? A cat? An elephant?

I find this to be an interesting mental experiment because it forces us to realize the many ways that other sentient beings on this planet are different from us. They don’t merely look different — different species think in radically different ways.

Which means that many of our core assumptions underlying good design practice for the Internet might need to be thrown out and started afresh. To me this doesn’t seem to be such a bad idea.

Sometimes you need to shake things up a bit.

2 thoughts on “Internet for non-humans”

  1. The sensory inputs are very different for animals. For example, scents are far more significant to a dog than visuals. Dogs even smell in stereo, to better detect where a scent is coming from.

    Figuring out how to collect, encode and transmit this is another “interesting mental experiment.”

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