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Apes Are Getting Smarter - Part 1

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Earlier this month, I was invited out to Los Angeles to the 20th Century Fox studios for The Rise 50 Summit, a one day educational event for the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes film. Part of the summit included a viewing of clips on how 'apes are getting smarter'. Since the apes in the film are 100% digital, 20th Century Fox hired a research team to build a collection of clips that would serve as inspiration for Director Rupert Wyatt. Rupert and special effects house WETA Digital used this research for a better understanding on the ways smarter apes acted, moved and behaved. Above is amateur footage of a gorilla walking like a human, from a zoo in Germany, it's a creepy clip showing that apes really aren't that different than us...

And below is clip of a chimp playing Far Cry 2, a first-person shooter from a Japanese science documentary that shows a chimpanzee in a lab who has been taught to play a violent first-person-shooter game.

Full disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines, I am disclosing that my time, travel and accommodations have been compensated by 20th Century Fox for my participation in the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" campaign. Although I have a material connection to 20th Century Fox, any publicly stated opinions of 20th Century Fox and the film remain my own.

A still from the upcoming Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Here, the film's central protagonist Caesar (left) forms an unexpected bond with Cornelia, amid challenging conditions.