Thursday, May 10, 2012

Young Orangutans Love iPads

"Orangutans At Miami Zoo Use iPads To Communicate":
The 8-year-old twins love their iPad. They draw, play games and expand their vocabulary. Their family’s teenagers also like the hand-held computer tablets, too, but the clan's elders show no interest.
The orangutans at Miami’s Jungle Island apparently are just like people when it comes to technology. The park is one of several zoos experimenting with computers and apes, letting its six orangutans use an iPad to communicate and as part of a mental stimulus program...
Our young ones pick up on it. They understand it. It's like, 'Oh I get this,'" [Miami Zoo staff Linda] Jacobs said. "Our two older ones, they just are not interested. I think they just figure, 'I've gotten along just fine in this world without this communication-skill here and the iPad, and I don't need a computer.'"
(Via Tyler Cowen.)