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29-04-2016, 10:46 AM
Mimic octopus limitations
A friend and I were talking today about octopi, and how smart they are. Some of the things they've been caught doing are quite remarkable. I brought up the mimic octopus, which is also really good at looking like other creatures. It's uncanny.

So, I make a joke asking how long until one of them runs for president, and he responds with "Trump".

...and this makes a lot of sense. I could see him being a sufficiently smart mimic octopus that's managed to master speech and is able to survive out of water. It is almost passably human. Things it needs to work on to crawl out of uncanny valley are:
  • Realistic human hair.
  • Realistic range of human skin tone.
  • Basic social mores.
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29-04-2016, 10:48 AM
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Dunno 'bout the hair part...

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29-04-2016, 11:47 AM
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Life on this planet is so fucking amazing!

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29-04-2016, 12:39 PM
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(29-04-2016 10:48 AM)Loom Wrote:  Dunno 'bout the hair part...

Wait: you think Trump's hair does look passably human?
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29-04-2016, 02:22 PM
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(29-04-2016 10:48 AM)Loom Wrote:  Dunno 'bout the hair part...

Yeah, really the octopus just needs to get a long hair guinea pig as a running mate and have it spend the campaign on 'his' head.

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29-04-2016, 05:59 PM
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(29-04-2016 12:39 PM)RobbyPants Wrote:  
(29-04-2016 10:48 AM)Loom Wrote:  Dunno 'bout the hair part...

Wait: you think Trump's hair does look passably human?

It sorts of looks like a fungus I saw once. I'm not kidding.
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29-04-2016, 06:40 PM
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(29-04-2016 10:46 AM)RobbyPants Wrote:  A friend and I were talking today about octopi, and how smart they are. Some of the things they've been caught doing are quite remarkable. I brought up the mimic octopus, which is also really good at looking like other creatures. It's uncanny.

So, I make a joke asking how long until one of them runs for president, and he responds with "Trump".

...and this makes a lot of sense. I could see him being a sufficiently smart mimic octopus that's managed to master speech and is able to survive out of water. It is almost passably human. Things it needs to work on to crawl out of uncanny valley are:
  • Realistic human hair.
  • Realistic range of human skin tone.
  • Basic social mores.

I’ve photographed Mimic octopus in the Pacific, amazing camo.

   

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01-05-2016, 05:38 AM
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you lost me at the hair part. poor octopus couldnt get that part down. nobody is perfect i guess.
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01-05-2016, 06:52 AM
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(29-04-2016 10:46 AM)RobbyPants Wrote:  A friend and I were talking today about octopi, and how smart they are. Some of the things they've been caught doing are quite remarkable. I brought up the mimic octopus, which is also really good at looking like other creatures. It's uncanny.

So, I make a joke asking how long until one of them runs for president, and he responds with "Trump".

...and this makes a lot of sense. I could see him being a sufficiently smart mimic octopus that's managed to master speech and is able to survive out of water. It is almost passably human. Things it needs to work on to crawl out of uncanny valley are:
  • Realistic human hair.
  • Realistic range of human skin tone.
  • Basic social mores.

It also has issues casting off the idea of mating with it's own offspring, if you recall.

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