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Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:14 AM

Which Animal Will Develop Human-Level Intelligence in the Future?

By Daniel Kolitz on 28 Aug 2019 at 1:00AM

Animals that think and talk like humans have long enchanted the public—in the form of myths, children’s books, and overrated TV shows. Somehow even the most mundane aspects of daily life—paying taxes, or preparing sandwiches, or staring at yourself in the mirror with a drained, sallow look and thinking, who am I, how did I get here, etc.—are infinitely more amusing when it’s a squirrel who’s doing them. But will there ever be a day when this endlessly renewable source of joy/delight will be available outside of entertainment? When you can simply stroll into your closest park to watch two animals grumbling about the weather? And—if so—which animal will be the first to develop this human-like intelligence? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of animal experts to find out.

Suzana Herculano-Houzel
Associate Professor, Psychology, Vanderbilt University, and the author of The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

There’s no easy answer to this one. First, because it depends on how you define intelligence. Plenty of animals out there have the same capabilities that we have, at least in terms of direct problem solving, visual memory, hierarchical planning, etc. As for what animal comes closest to humans in terms of numbers of cortical neurons—and therefore supposedly in the extent of their biological capabilities—that would be gorillas and orangutans. But notice that they live much shorter lives, and have much more limited cultures; their societies have not been as organised as ours, as complex as ours, for as long as ours has. So there’s really no straightforward comparison.

Are there animals out there that could learn to do things that we do? The answer is definitely yes. Look up Ayumu, the video game-playing Japanese chimpanzee. She beat college students at the game—until somebody decided to give graduate students a fair chance by letting them practice for just as long, and then, it was a tie.

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https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/08/which-animal-will-develop-human-level-intelligence-in-the-future/

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Judi Lynn Aug 2019 OP
Skittles Aug 2019 #1
lapfog_1 Aug 2019 #4
Skittles Aug 2019 #7
Meadowoak Aug 2019 #2
ZZenith Aug 2019 #3
rampartc Aug 2019 #5
eShirl Aug 2019 #6
Beartracks Aug 2019 #8
lastlib Aug 2019 #10
Throck Aug 2019 #9
Vogon_Glory Aug 2019 #11
Javaman Aug 2019 #12

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:20 AM

1. our hopes that one day we will communicate with dolphins

our fears they will cuss like sailors

- Jack Handey

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:23 AM

4. nope... they are about to catch a ride from a passing Vogon constructor fleet

and all of those cute flips and sounds they make will finally be interpreted as:

"So Long and Thanks for All the Fish".

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:36 AM

7. I was at SeaWorld tossing a bucket of chicken to the dolphins

a SeaWorld worker said, "Mr. Handey, dolphins only like fish!" So I said, "Sure, they only like fish, if that's all you feed them."
- Jack Handey

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:22 AM

2. Human level intelligence, is a pretty low bar these days.

My guess would be the dog.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:23 AM

3. My dog has me completely outsmarted.

Four times a day I feed him food I had to buy with my hard-earned money and he thanks me by crapping in my yard, which I then have to clean up.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:26 AM

5. primates, and cetaceans are too close to extinction

the breeding of pachyderms and equines is too closely controlled.

felines and canines are too closely associated with a suicidal species.

that leaves rodents, octopi, and hymenoptera.

if ufos are landing on earth today and asking "take me to your leader, they most likely mean the gueen ant.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:35 AM

6. crows

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they're up to something, man

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/03/year-of-the-bird-brains-intelligence-smarts/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 03:01 AM

8. Might it ever be Republicans?



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Response to Beartracks (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 05:38 AM

10. No. They will forever be knuckle-dragging trogs.

Devoid of intelligence. eom

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 05:04 AM

9. Will humans ever be as smart as cats?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 07:04 AM

11. My bet would be raccoons

They’ve done just about as good a job of adapting to suburban environments as old-world monkeys in South Asia and they’re better able to tolerate cold weather.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Aug 28, 2019, 07:48 AM

12. Personally I welcome our new super intelligent dolphin overlords...

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