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The Sounds of Life

Wednesday, February 07, 2024, 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
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The natural world is filled with an endless variety of communication. A surprising array of species—including many insects, turtles, fish, corals, and plants—communicate by sound; even the planet itself is part of the chorus. Because most of these conversations take place outside humans’ narrow range of hearing, we have been unaware of the extent of this vast soundscape until recently. Now, scientists are using new digital technologies to eavesdrop on the natural world, and they are applying artificial intelligence to decode some of the auditory signals–perhaps paving the way for limited interspecies dialogues.
Join us for a Science and Society presentation by Karen Bakker, whose fascinating new book, The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Plants and Animals, explores these developments and discusses their potential not only to extend humanity’s relationship with nature but also to underscore the urgency of preserving biodiversity.

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These talks are co-organized and moderated by Fred Dylla, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Institute of Physics and author of Scientific Journeys, Linda Dylla, former public information officer at the Jefferson Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, and Colin Norman, the former News Editor at Science.