We have seen the future of chimps, and it’s looking a lot like the characters from Planet of the Apes. Fortunately, this hyper intelligent “11-year-old chimpanzee in no stranger to the spotlight as back in 2007 he was featured on MSNBC’s Are you smarter than a chimp? segment where scientists had two young adults compete against Ayumu and another chimp in a series of short-term memory tests. Guess who won? Yup, the chimps.” Continue reading for the video.
So how does he do it exactly? Scientists aren’t entirely sure but there are a couple theories. The first is something called “eidetic imagery” which, in poor latent terms, means Ayumu is able to commit to memory a complete picture of intricate pattern or scene.