Peter Gabriel Want to Know if Monkeys Can Use Skype

Peter Gabriel’s interest in simians goes back at least as far as this.

Since then, he’s investigated whether bonobo apes can make music.

Now he wants to know if they can use Skype. From Classic Rock Magazine:

Peter Gabriel is working on a project to discover if monkeys can communicate via video conferencing.

He’s been involved with the Interspecies Internet initiative for a number of years along with US internet pioneer Vint Cerf and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Neil Gershenfeld.

And the former Genesis frontman is planning on running the experiment in conjunction with ape rescue centre Monkey World, which is based in Dorset, UK.

Gabriel tells Yahoo: “The idea is to extend a big video network that already exists in labs at MIT, so that different species, including our own, have a chance to communicate.

“I am also interested in how they would use the internet to communicate.”

Read more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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