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Apes are using iPads now, humanity doomed

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Jan - 22 - 2013
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Zookeepers at 12 zoos across the country are experimenting with how orangutans use iPads and the results are really amazing.

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Twelve zoos across the country have joined the “Apps For Apes” program, experimenting with how apes interact with iPads.

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According to the Smithsonian’s video above, each ape has different preferences as to which apps they like to use. Which is amazing and awesome.

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At the Toronto Zoo, zookeepers have had similar experiences, giving their apes a selection of memory and painting games. They also play YouTube videos for orangutans.

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Aside from entertaining the apes, The Toronto Zoo is also experimenting with using apps to help the apes better communicate.

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Because iPads are obviously very fragile and apes are obviously not very careful, app use is strictly under the guidance of a zookeeper as of right now.

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But many zoos involved with the program are looking toward building sturdier, more ape-friendly iPad casings.

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Interestingly enough, apes using apps isn’t particularly new. The Smithsonian National Zoo’s orangutans have used some form of touch-screen monitor since 1994 to test their cognitive abilities.

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Let’s just hope they don’t get too good with iPads…

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…because we all know how that ends.

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