Ape versus machine

Do primates enjoy computer games?

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Ape versus machine

#1  Postby DougC » Feb 08, 2012 1:58 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16832378

"A chimp genius can complete a computer memory test in less time than it takes the average person to blink - and much faster than any human rival. But do the world's cleverest animals enjoy these cognitive tasks?"
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Re: Ape versus machine

#2  Postby Mr.Samsa » Feb 08, 2012 3:03 am

Article wrote:"It's not like they're getting jackpot of sweets," says Dr Stoinski, who explains that the orangutans are content to interact with the screen even when the dispenser runs out of pellets.

"For some of them it is inherently rewarding," she tells BBC Nature.


Hmm.. unjustified assumption there. It seems more likely that, at least in the way its described above, the task is rewarding because it was rewarded in the past. The positive associations of an activity don't cease the moment the rewards stop coming..
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Re: Ape versus machine

#3  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 08, 2012 3:03 pm

I've seen chimps playing all manner of games, from platformers to shoot-em-ups. I think they need to get the idea first, then they seem to get just the same kind of pleasure from it as humans do. Of course, they'd be far more interested if chimps featured in the game.
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#4  Postby HughMcB » Feb 08, 2012 3:05 pm

Donkey Kong?
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#5  Postby Matt_B » Feb 08, 2012 4:17 pm

HughMcB wrote:Donkey Kong?


Naah. I'd think they'd be even less keen on playing a gorilla.
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#6  Postby FreshwaterSeaCowHero » Feb 08, 2012 4:19 pm

I would love it if monkeys liked playing video games, I might be able to beat someone in Warcraft for once.
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#7  Postby Animavore » Feb 08, 2012 4:46 pm

Or not. :tehe:
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Re: Ape versus machine

#8  Postby biscuit » Feb 08, 2012 4:48 pm

DougC wrote:

"A chimp genius can complete a computer memory test in less time than it takes the average person to blink - and much faster than any human rival. But do the world's cleverest animals enjoy these cognitive tasks?"


i'd imagine that any task that alleviates the boredom and frustrations of living in such unnatural circumtance might be enjoyable for them, plus they'd get a banana :dance:
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Re: Ape versus machine

#9  Postby Mayor » Feb 10, 2012 2:05 am

I ponder what actual use a chimp could be in solving problems and using computers. I understand that they are extremely intelligent but how far can people take this?
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#10  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 10, 2012 5:54 pm

Mayor wrote:I ponder what actual use a chimp could be in solving problems and using computers. I understand that they are extremely intelligent but how far can people take this?



There are a whole suite of definitions needed to answer this properly.
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