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Rethinking Thinking: How Intelligent Are Other Animals?

Intelligence was once thought to be uniquely human. But researchers have discovered astonishing cognitive abilities in many other species—not just our close cousins like chimps, or fellow mammals like dolphins—but also crows, parrots, and even octopuses. If we consider the intelligence of swarms, we must add bees, termites, and ants to the list of super […]

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Intelligence Without Brains?

How much brain do you need to be intelligence?  What is intelligence, anyways? It’s a question that comes up a lot in AI research. Bees and ants perform marvels as colonies, though each individual insect has barely any brain. Plants—with no brain at all—exhibit behaviors that, by any definition, count as intelligent. Brace yourself for […]

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