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Teach animals chess HB thinktank

HB think tank to teach animals to play chess or go
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It turns out that animals can learn through mimicking and imitation. (Read Temple Grandin's book several years ago. Yesterday I was going to ask on Quora: "what was that research Grandin wrote about where they discovered that birds can learn stuff in seconds that they tried to teach them through those brutal behaviorism tests for years". Instead I googled for bird mimick research and within a few seconds was reading the original research of Thomas Zentall and all the new research they have about animal intelligence.

So now the question is: How do we teach them (dolfins, gorillas, parrots, myna birds, or octopuses) to play chess, checkers or go? Lets start with tick tack toe...

Which brings up my next idea...

pashute, Dec 07 2020

Games For Dolphins Tic-Tac-Toe_20for_20Dolphins
We've already discussed tic-tac-toe for dolphins... [neutrinos_shadow, Dec 07 2020]

learning and adaptation in animals https://link.spring.../10.1007/BF02436334
[pashute, Dec 07 2020]


       Animals will be fine at copying the movements, but not at understanding the planning & thought processes behind the movements for complex games. IE: to teach some-one chess, it's not just "move this to there", but WHY you move this to there.
neutrinos_shadow, Dec 07 2020

       Maybe one animal could be taught to do the moving, and the next animal could be taught the rules, and a third could have the strategic overview. That way each animal is taught a manageable task.
pocmloc, Dec 07 2020

       Seriously, Zental's tests showed they were able to apply mimicry and immitation to new situations in what we would definitely consider intelligent in humans.   

       So don't get stuck in the nonintelligent rut of thinking that animals just can't do it, but rather think HOW we get them to do it. A tiger can scheme and watch its pray and get it into a trap, a crow outwits its fellow cage mate pretending to hide something where it isn't, so why wouldn't a monkey or parrot be able to grasp the rules, observe the options, and try to outwit us?
pashute, Dec 07 2020

       I'm pretty sure a crocodile is intelligent enough to trick a handler that it's learning chess, and then surprise him with that variant of Scholar's Mate which ends in a sudden drowning.
pertinax, Dec 08 2020

       // That way each animal is taught a manageable task. //   

       ... such as wearing a nice suit, eating big dinners, and spouting irrelevant rubbish- more of a management task....
8th of 7, Dec 08 2020


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