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Pigs proven intelligent enough to play video games

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Pigs proven intelligent enough to play video games

Credits: Candace Croney, Eston Martz at Pennsylvania State University / Frontiers Science News. Article by Robby Berman. Big Think – February 18, 2021.

They did really well considering joysticks are not designed for oral use.

  • A quartet of porcine subjects at the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science learned to play a simple video game.
  • All of the pigs scored well at the games’ hardest level.
  • Gaming skills were improved with human verbal and tactile encouragement.

As evidence keeps mounting in support of the idea that pigs are highly intelligent—and despite some researchers viewing the species merely as a source of organs for human transplant—there’s some compelling new evidence from scientists at the Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science. Researchers there have taught four pigs to operate joysticks and play a rudimentary video game. […]

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