A few months ago, I watched a TED talk on the emerging “Interspecies Internet”, and I recently stumbled across a brief commentary on the “Interspecies Internet” project published online by Boston’s NPR, which brought it back into my consciousness. For those unfamiliar with the project, as quoted in the cited Boston NPR article, “the goal is to further develop knowledge of animal cognition, provide enrichment for captive animals and facilitate communication between species.” While I find the project fascinating, I am wondering if (and if “yes,” then to what extent) the aims of the project only further reify notions of human exceptionalism and the (alleged) superiority of human cognitive abilities. Peter Gabriel, a musician and co-founder of the project, is cited as saying that the architects of the interspecies internet hope to create “interfaces that allow other cognitive species to show exactly who they are and how smart they are.” Does this not presuppose that animal intelligence will manifest itself in ways parallel to that of humans and that it can be captured through interactions with digital technologies? Though multi-sensorial (through sight, sound, and touch), internet-usage is also fundamentally sensorially limited, in that traditionally it does not engage the senses of taste and smell – senses that may be central for directing many animal behaviors. Is this notion not also fundamentally flawed in its supposition that animals will (and should) seek to “display” their intelligence by engaging with human-made technologies? To assume that animals will desire to engage deeply (with humans or with other species) through internet-mediated interactions and to use this as the basis of measuring intelligence is, in my opinion, unsound. I do not mean to be overly critical of the project, because I do believe it offers exciting opportunities for exploring animals’ cognitive lives; however, I hope that the knowledge gained from the project will not be used to animals’ collective detriment (i.e., I hope it is not used as a tool to merely showcase their “otherness,” but rather to capture their distinct modes of intelligence and to highlight their unique curiosities, inclinations, and capabilities). Do others have thoughts on the project?