A short by Gutierrez Obeso that started life as a book inspired by a BBC natural history documentary, then graphic stories and finally this larger narrative: a ‘call to action’ for humanity, whose behaviour and motives the director sees echoed in that of our closest evolutionary cousins.
11-year-old chimpanzee Ayumu lives and trains at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute where he famously excels at an apparently simple but actually extremely difficult memorization game. The above ABC report dates from 2007, when Ayumu first came to fame.
Ayumu is shown the numbers 1 to 9 on a computer screen, and given just a fraction of a second to commit their randomized location to memory. Once that fraction of a second is up, the numbers are covered with white squares, at which point Ayumu must select them in numerical order.
Long story short: he’s better at it than you.
Try this online flash game that replicates the original study.
So how does he do it?