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Animal outsmart

Teach animals to spread the word. Category:Animal psychology
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A change in direction. From a headlong culture clash to a Win Win situation.

Instead of killing Myna birds or shooting the migrating birds away from the fish ponds, or using insecticide and poisonless ant traps, and hunt down snakes and sharks to extinction, let's change our efforts, and get the animal world of the wild to cooperate.

Ants will learn to communicate with humans and then can negotiate terms of what is acceptable (living in the garden) and what is not (living in the kitchen). If for some reason they make a mistake and invade your living room, you call the queen and within a short while the ants are called back. You get an SMS with instructions where to drop the breadcrumbs and all is well that ends well.

It turns out Myna birds are quite intelligent. After we learn to communicate with them we have a few talks with them showing them what civil behavior in nature is, and letting them see the broader perspective of nature. They stop attacking other birds, and change their attitude. They join the stirlings instead of bashing into their flocking flight and knocking them out of the sky.

Next we turn to all the animal poachers and land developers and learn to communicate with them too. [Trainging them to become attending... Edit:] training them to become attentive to nature and to become thoughtful and cooperative, we get them to communicate with the animals around the building site, and to discover that the animals can provide ingenious solutions for synergy and coexistance.



pashute, Jul 19 2020

Teaching the alphabet to the ants https://go.gale.com...ogleScholarFullText
[kdf, Jul 19 2020]

Teaching the alphabet to the ants https://go.gale.com...0145483&p=AONE&sw=w
(Thanks kdf!!) [pashute, Jul 20 2020]

Ants Ants
[Voice, Jul 25 2020]


       So vast data sets on the target species and an AI algorithm, quite a few generations into the future, set to find communication queues and triggers for anthropomorphic mapping?
wjt, Jul 19 2020

Voice, Jul 19 2020

       What [Voice] said.   

       Anyway, there's a largely separate project here for each species. Regarding ants it's quite realistic, I suspect, to propose identifying a scent which means to them "don't come this way". I'd be surprised if someone were not already working on it. On the other hand, the proposed hotline to the queen is probably not realistic, because, I suspect, it over-estimates how much ideation goes on in any single member of a hive mind, even the queen.
pertinax, Jul 19 2020

       Ants - 250,000 neurons (ball park) and associated synapses, I am guessing, but enough for a bit more than yay or nay chemical communication. It would be interesting to know if the neurochemistry allows for emotional states like 'I know I have to but I am tired' or 'I am up for it, can't wait'.   

       Bees look to be another level, though.
wjt, Jul 19 2020

       How are you going to upgrade politicians to be as smart as ants ? There are things that grow under the rim of toilet bowls that are smarter than the vast majority of politicians.
8th of 7, Jul 19 2020

       Trainging is a good word.   

       When we hold all of the advanced weaponry, how will this avoid becoming similar to the 19th century Native territory treaties?
RayfordSteele, Jul 19 2020

       Given that we hold all the advanced weaponry (and are, in general, markedly unsympathetic to ants in our kitchens), wouldn't that be better than no treaties at all?   

       The treaty of Waitangi, for example, undoubtedly helped to keep the Maori people in a better position than, say, the Ligurians. "Who are the Ligurians?", you ask. Well, that rather proves my point.   

       See also the Basque fueros of late-medieval Navarre.
pertinax, Jul 20 2020

       what pertinax said.
pashute, Jul 20 2020

pertinax, Jul 20 2020

       Pashute, did the link I posted give the full text of the article or just the opening paragraphs?
kdf, Jul 20 2020

       I wonder what the scale, colouring (maybe shininess), 3D shadow structure a letter would have to have such that ants could sense visually? and therefore be used as a behaviour mark.
wjt, Jul 24 2020


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