Polly wants an iPad: How critters use computers

Think our ability to play video games makes our species special? Think again.
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"Man the toolmaker" is an epithet from an earlier generation of anthropologists who studied early humanity -- never mind that there are plenty of instances of animals using tools as well. Computers are merely the latest in a series of tools designed by humanity, and while animals obviously don't build computers, they interact with the ones we give them, in surprising and sometimes delightful ways.

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