Science

The Chimp Has Better Memory Than Most Humans

The BBC has a new program called Super Smart Animals. In their first episode they showed Ayumu, a chimpanzee that can memorise the location of a random sequence of numbers in less time than it takes a human to blink: 60 milliseconds.

Unless you are a savant, you will not be able to do the same.

Ayumu was born in Kyoto University, Japan, where he has spent his life learning under the close supervision of scientists from the Ai Project, a research program dedicated to investigate chimpanzee intelligence.

The program, hosted by Liz Bonin, will be going through more than just chimps. It will cover specific individuals the world’s most intelligent animals, from dogs to dolphins to orangutans to octopus to goldfish. [BBC]