Given all the gobsmacking advances in bestiary robots (fish, snakes, bees, bugs, dogs...), and ever-cleverer AI (e.g, Who / what wrote that poem?!), perhaps the time has come for V.2 of Alan Turing's famous test. Merely matching—or exceeding—human intelligence doesn't seem like much of a challenge anymore. On the other hand, hacking bird-of-paradise intelligence would take things to a whole new alien-psychedelic level. Famous for the males' extravagant courtship displays, you would think scientists would know all there is to know about these flashy dancers. It's not like they're hiding, which makes the identification of a new species in Indonesia all that more amazing. Look at this fellow go! Now write the algorithm... (via National Geographic)
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