Re: Why Not a Planet Of The Apes?
Mon, 9 Jun 1997 22:19:18 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 6/9/97 12:16:26 PM, Robin Hanson wrote:

>I'm not sure whether most AI reserachers have thought about this
>choice, but I think monkey intelligence would be sufficient for the
>vast majority of military and commercial applications imagined for AI,
>and used to justify funding. Lanaguage use might be the big
>exception, but from what Greg Burch said, it may not even be that hard
>to teach them language once they are domesticated.

No, even apes lack speech ability compared to us. Even Koko only has a few
hundred words. Apparently something in our brains, like our language centers
or our neocerebellum makes a big difference in our ability to speak.