Apes are Getting Smarter, Do You Believe it?

Apes are Getting Smarter, Do You Believe it?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by Wendy Lam

Remember my tweets and post about the Rise 50 summit I attended in Los Angeles for the upcoming movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes? To show that the Apes are getting smarter, these videos were developed early in the film making process of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. 20th Century Fox hired a research team to build a collection of clips that would serve as inspiration for Director Rupert Wyatt, the apes in the film were made 100% digitally so it was crucial for Rupert and WETA Digital to understand all the ways in which apes move and behave. But after seeing the found footage, it surprised them with how smart apes really are.

I kinda had an idea that apes are quite smart and similar to us humans but had no idea they were that smart. In one of the clips I’ve seen on my trip, a 5-year-old ape outsmart a college student in a number game (OMG!). Kinda sad but funny at the same time.

In this post you’ll see two video clips that are pretty incredible:
– Chimp plays first-person shooter. Here’s a clip from a Japanese science documentary that shows a chimpanzee in a lab who has been taught to play Far Cry 2, a violent first-person-shooter game. (doesn’t the chimp look like a lil kid playing video games? lol)
– Amateur footage of a gorilla walking like a human, from a zoo in Germany. It’s a creepy clip showing that apes really aren’t that different than us. (watch below)

In accordance to FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that I have been compensated by 20th Century Fox as a part of the “Rise 50.” However, all editorial content has been created by me and reflects my personal opinions.



Categories: movies


Load more posts