By 2017, we were meeting once a week to figure out how to fit the puzzle pieces together. We discovered two recently published papers demonstrating a machine learning milestone: techniques to translate an unknown language without the help of a single example.
The insight: not only can languages be represented as geometric structures, they can also be translated by matching their structures to each other.
Inspired by the work of numerous ethologists and researchers, we left our computers (mostly) to venture into the field and learn firsthand from those with decades of wisdom in bioacoustics and animal communication.
Since then, we’ve begun work on cetacean and primate communication. Over time our focus will broaden to corvids, and others. Today, we've partnered with over fourty biologists and institutions and made progress in solving some of the cornerstone problems
along the path to decoding non-human communication.
We founded the Earth Species Project in the vein of the organizations whose values and impact in the world have inspired us, like the Internet Archive and Mozilla.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and are committed to releasing all of our work in the open and towards public benefit.