SCIENCE
03/29/2012 02:57 pm ET

Bonobo Chat: Chimps Use App To Talk With Humans, May Soon Get Robots

Humans have had a good run, but it's only a matter of time before we're wiped out by our bonobo overlords and their robot slaves.

Think we're being hyperbolic? Take a look at this. The Bonobo Great Ape Trust Sanctuary has started a Kickstarter campaign to help provide their bonobos with personal interconnected keyboards they can use to chat with humans anytime, and almost anywhere. Oh, and they also want to give the chimps robots with squirt guns.

"You might ask, why would a bonobo want to operate a robot?" says Ken Schweller, head programer at Bonobo Hope. Yes. That is an excellent question. The answer, aside from aiding in the chimps' eventual takeover, is that it will help bonobos to interact with humans. They could "play chase games or squirt guests with an an on-board watergun," the Kickstarter page suggests.

Schweller has already built the Bonobos large touch-screen computer keyboards with symbols that correspond to different words. They're also working on ways to make computers automatically translate a series of symbols into a coherent sentence.

And these bonobos aren't the only chimps busy chatting with their human friends.

Last week, it was reported that captive chimpanzees learn from their mothers to call out to humans, according to new research.

The "Planet of the Apes" endgame is upon us, but for now, it's adorable.

Huge hat tip: Fark

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