Ai (chimpanzee)

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Born October 1976 (age 41)
Japan KUPRI, Kyoto University
Children Ayumu (son)

Ai (born in 1976) is a female chimpanzee currently living at the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University (acronym KUPRI). She is known for being the principal subject of the Ai project, a research program started in 1978 by Tetsuro Matsuzawa[1] which is aimed at understanding chimpanzee cognition through computer interface experiments.[2] The Ai project includes tests for numerical competency, color-to-symbol matching ability, and audio-to-image matching and recognition. Over the years, the Ai project has grown to include a 14-member community of chimpanzees (including Ai's son, Ayumu, born 2000) who reside in a state-of-the-art facility at KUPRI.

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  1. ^ "Chimp solves memory test 'faster than blink of an eye'". BBC. 2012. 
  2. ^ Matsuzawa, T. (2003). "The Ai project: Historical and ecological contexts". Animal Cognition. 6 (4): 199–211. doi:10.1007/s10071-003-0199-2. PMID 14566577. 

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