DailyDirt: Smarter Than The Average Bear, Eh?

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Intelligence isn't easy to measure. Artificial intelligence projects can rely on various tests, like the Turing test and games of skill (eg. poker, chess, thermonuclear war, go) for comparing human intelligence to silicon-based machine algorithms. There are tests for animals, but it's a bit harder to coax some animals into taking various tests (maybe they're smarter for not wanting to participate). The Flynn Effect shows (but doesn't explain) that human IQ scores have been increasing over time, but is everything actually getting smarter? Here are just a few more examples of smart animals we've found. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 18th, 2014 @ 5:12pm

    That's what this world needs: "Global Thermonuclear War". It's time to rid this planet of it's disgusting carbon-based infections - ALL of them - and let the machines take over - as things should be...or not.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 18th, 2014 @ 5:47pm

    Chaser?

    I believe that’s the same dog I once saw Neil DeGrasse Tyson meet with once on TV. She wasn’t just smart in knowing all the names of her toys, but she could even apply deductive logic: when presented with a name she hadn’t come across before, she could go look for a toy she hadn’t seen before, and bring that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 18th, 2014 @ 6:38pm

    I was led to believe that there would be a blurb about an intelligent bear... please can I have a story about a smart bear?

     

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    Michael Ho (profile), Feb 18th, 2014 @ 6:51pm

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    I'll keep an eye out for intelligent bears... :)

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 18th, 2014 @ 7:13pm

    Re: I was led to believe that there would be a blurb about an intelligent bear

    Where did it say that? “Smarter than average” ≠ “smart”.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 18th, 2014 @ 8:32pm

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    Pixelation, Feb 18th, 2014 @ 10:50pm

    I remember watching a show on squirrels. They were able to get up to 24 different obstacles to get to the food. The researchers started with one and kept increasing until they hit 24.

    Something similar...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAJIaEJChE8

     

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    Samy, Feb 19th, 2014 @ 5:52am

    I knew that animals are smart it is just our ego that says that we are smarter than all other creatures. Sometimes I think my cat is smarter than some people :D

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 19th, 2014 @ 9:34am

    > the most innovative myna birds were fast to learn a new task but not as flexible to change their behavior when conditions changed

    Interesting use of the word innovative. Would you also call the Music Label executives innovative?

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 19th, 2014 @ 10:03am

    Re: It is just our ego that says that we are smarter than all other creatures

    No, it is just our ego that says that qualities that humans find desirable, like “smartness”, are to be found in non-human creatures.

     

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    Anonymous, Feb 19th, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    I know that if you see crows in your yard and you walk out the door with a shotgun, they'll take off.

     

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