Karen Bakker at Schumacher College, DartingtonThe Sounds of Life

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Delve into the wondrous world of nature’s hidden sounds—and the intriguing future of interspecies communication.

Explore the hidden sounds of nature and the latest science on non-human communication. By decoding non-human sound and exploring the frontiers of interspecies communication—mediated by artificial intelligence—this talk will forever change your understanding of the natural world.


“It is gratifying to see the heartfelt manner in which attendees responded to the importance of this work and your commitment to helping us understand the role of empathy in our natural world.” Jack Dee, Smithsonian Museum.

“Extraordinary program! Dr. Karen Bakker was a fabulous speaker which made all the difference in the world.”

“Fantastic speaker and learned so much that I did not know.”

“Dr. Bakker appears to be a professor who would keep her students in rapt attention. I wouldn’t mind sitting in her classes.”

“Excellent presenter: well organized, lucid, and avoided jargon.“

“This was a fascinating topic and the speaker did a great job of presenting the information so that we could easily understand it and follow along. The audio clips definitely added to the presentation – it would have been an interesting program without it, but they were a great icing on the cake. I will definitely get a copy of the book to read.”


A Guggenheim Fellow and Professor at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Karen Bakker is known for her work on digital transformation, environmental governance and sustainability. She is currently the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she’s furthering her Smart Earth project – a collaborative of ecologists, environmentalists, digital technologists and computer scientists exploring how AI and biodigital technologies can be mobilized to address climate change and biodiversity loss.