DailyDirt: Smarter Than The Average Bear, Eh?
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
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.
- In fables and other stories, crows are usually pretty smart, but how smart are they really? Let’s give them some tests! Previously, we’ve seen crows that have been able to figure out how to make and use simple tools, and some crows can apparently solve 8-step problems. [url]
- Avian intelligence tests have shown that for myna birds, there is quite a bit of variance in their population. Also, the most innovative myna birds were fast to learn a new task but not as flexible to change their behavior when conditions changed. [url]
- Chaser, a 9-year-old border collie, knows over 1,000 names and words, and she has been called “the most scientifically important dog in over a century” It seems like more and more animals are being found with the comparable cognitive abilities of human toddlers. (insert ominous music here) [url]
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Filed Under: animals, artificial intelligence, border collie, chaser, crow, myna bird
Comments on “DailyDirt: Smarter Than The Average Bear, Eh?”
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.
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.
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?
I’ll keep an eye out for intelligent bears… 🙂
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?.
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.
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 😀
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.
> 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?
I know that if you see crows in your yard and you walk out the door with a shotgun, they’ll take off.