03 Jul '12, 4pm

Apes are now writing emails. On iPads.

Apes are now writing emails. On iPads.

Sometimes, when sitting with an iPad and raptly poking Uzu with your finger, you probably feel a little like an ape, admit it. That’s because a) you are basically just a smart ape and b) of course smart apes like touch screen tablets (heck, even lizards like them). And just like humans, the apes are using the technology to slowly peck out messages that express their thoughts and desires. Here’s Teco, a 2-year-old bonobo: Sitting with his Motorola Xoom tablet, he’s rapt, his dark eyes fixed on the images, fingers pecking away at the touch screen. He can’t speak, but with the aid of the tablet app I created for him, he’s building a vocabulary that will likely total several thousand words. What’s more, he’ll be able to string those words together into simple sentences and ask questions, tell jokes, and carry on conversations. The bonobos communicate in short “sentences” made ...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/tablet-apps-teach-apes-to-write-ema...

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