02 Apr '12, 8am

New App Would Help Apes Talk To Humans | Care2 Causes

New App Would Help Apes Talk To Humans | Care2 Causes

Did you know that there is a 98 percent genetic similarity between apes and humans ? Watching primates use tools and care for one another, it’s hard not to feel the pull of this shared ancestry. Unfortunately, the one thing that keeps us from truly knowing what apes are thinking and feeling is the inability to communicate in a common language. But that’s about to change. Now, researchers at the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, have developed a tablet app that allows apes and humans to communicate through simple lexigrams. Currently the bonobos at the Iowa sanctuary have a vocabulary of about 400 words. They use these words by touching symbols that represent the words’ meaning on their tablets. Because the apes have been so successful using this medium, the Sanctuary now wants to expand the app into a two-way communication technology. The app, call...

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