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Thu May 14, 2015, 09:32 AM

Rise Of Robot Pets Seen In An Overpopulated World




The prospect of robopets and virtual pets is not as far-fetched as we may think, according to University of Melbourne animal welfare researcher Dr Jean-Loup Rault.

His paper in the latest edition of Frontiers in Veterinary Science argues pets will soon become a luxury in an overpopulated world and the future may lie in chips and circuits that mimic the real thing.

“It might sound surreal for us to have robotic or virtual pets, but it could be totally normal for the next generation,” Dr Rault said.

“It’s not a question of centuries from now. If 10 billion human beings live on the planet in 2050 as predicted, it’s likely to occur sooner than we think. If you’d described Facebook to someone 20 years ago, they’d think you were crazy. But we are already seeing people form strong emotional bonds with robot dogs in Japan.

“Pet robotics has come a long way from the Tamagotchi craze of the mid-90s. In Japan, people are becoming so attached to their robot dogs that they hold funerals for them when the circuits die.”

http://www.eurasiareview.com/11052015-rise-of-robot-pets-seen-in-an-overpopulated-world/





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damnedifIknow May 2015 OP
NV Whino May 2015 #1
Sparhawk60 May 2015 #2
B2G May 2015 #3
FSogol May 2015 #6
B2G May 2015 #8
longship May 2015 #4
B2G May 2015 #5
damnedifIknow May 2015 #11
MineralMan May 2015 #7
Nye Bevan May 2015 #9
Bosonic May 2015 #10
NobodyHere May 2015 #12

Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:12 AM

1. I like the non shedding aspect

But…
And what about robotic cats? “Well, that’s a little harder because you have to make them unpredictable,” he concluded.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:17 AM

2. Turning Them Off

 

When we go on vacation would be nice. Just program it to come back on to greet me at the door with joyful barks and leaps of joy (dog) or studied indifference to my return (cat).

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:22 AM

3. Well that is sure to catch on.

 

15 years ago I ended up removing my kids' Furbie batteries and stuffing them in a closet.

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Response to B2G (Reply #3)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:43 AM

6. The Furbies or the kids?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #6)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:48 AM

8. Lol...I was tempted to do both!

 

Where's my Furbie?!?

I don't know, where did you put it?

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:27 AM

4. Rise of robot pests seen.



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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:35 AM

5. And might I suggest they improve on the whole

 

"looks like a red Lego with airplane wing ears" design before going to market.

That might fly in Japan, but it won't here. Lol.

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Response to B2G (Reply #5)

Thu May 14, 2015, 02:04 PM

11. He's kind of cute in a robotic way

I'm naming mine Terminator.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:46 AM

7. First World Weirdness

Pets, either alive or robotic ARE a luxury. Where poverty and hunger are real issues, pets are not an issue at all.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:49 AM

9. Doctor Who acquired K9 in 1977.



Ahead of his time as usual.

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 10:51 AM

10. Something for Johnny Depp to consider next time he visits Australia

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Response to damnedifIknow (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 02:07 PM

12. I just want my Marilyn Monroe bot

 

nt

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