Links for October 31, 2018

Latest Attraction at French Theme Park: Crows That Pick Up Trash

No, that crow casually holding a cigarette butt in its beak isn’t a smoker. It’s meant to “make people feel a little bit guilty” for littering.


The Official CrowBox

The CrowBox is an experimentation platform designed to autonomously train corvids (the family of birds crows belong to). So far we’ve trained captive crows to deposit dropped coins they found on the ground in exchange for peanuts. The next step is to work with wild corvids and see if we can get them to learn to use the box, then to optimize the training protocol to see how quickly they can learn from each other.


“I Can’t Stop Laughing”: Rita Moreno Remembers Singing with Animal

Elon Green interviews Rita Moreno about the time she sang “Fever” with Animal on “The Muppet Show.”