A group of chimps has collectively shattered our notions of superior intelligence by outsmarting humans yet again. According to a new research, Chimpanzees are better than humans in game theory and tactics.
The research, published in the online journal Scientific Reports, based its findings on an experiment conducted by California Institute of Technology (Caltec). It involved a simple game of hide-and-seek which researchers called the “Inspection Game.” Two players (a pair of chimps or a pair of humans) were pitted against each other. Each player repeatedly tried to guess which of two computer icons their opponents would choose, based on observing patterns of their partner’s behavior.
How can that possibly be? Researchers suggest that their remarkable knowledge of tactics is due to the fact that chimps are more competitive with one another than humans are with each other.
According to the study co-author Dr. Colin Camerer, "While young chimpanzees hone their competitive skills with constant practice, playing hide-and-seek and wrestling, their human counterparts shift at a young age from competition to cooperation using our special skill at language."
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This is not the first time that chimps have beaten humans in a face-off. In an earlier research, conducted at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute in Japan, a group of chimpanzees defeated 16 university students in a game designed to test their photographic memory.
If these chimps are physically stronger than humans, better in tactics, and have superior memory, why in the world do we fear a world takeover by aliens?