Gaming orangutans

Admittedly, I tap into AP’s strange news wire when I’m bored, and their latest headline is Orangutans Play Video Games at Ga. Zoo. If you were expecting monkeys playing with their Wiis, prepare to be disappointed.

Zoo Atlanta has installed a touch screen in their orangutan enclosure, which allows the apes to play simple computer games. In one game, orangutans choose identical photographs or match orangutan sounds with photos of the animals – correct answers are rewarded with food pellets. Kinda like what they did with Sawyer on Lost a few months back. Or not really? And another game lets them paint with their hands. All this took IBM 500 hours to develop by the way.