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Dogs Are Perfectly Happy To Socialize With Robots
PopSci ^ | 09.12.2013 at 3:05 pm | By Shaunacy Ferro

Posted on 09/16/2013 7:43:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin

In the centuries-old best friendship between dogkind and humankind, humans are apparently easily replaced with robots. Seemingly loyal canines are totally willing to interact with cold, hard machines, according to a new study in Animal Cognition, gazing lovingly at their robot faces and finding hidden foodstuffs that the robot pointed to.....

The study investigated whether or not dogs would be willing to interact with an unfamiliar robot. It found that the dogs would interact with a cyborg--if the robot seemed like a social being, as evidence by its ability to talk to the dog and its owner.

(Excerpt) Read more at popsci.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: artificialintelli; google; nsa; transhumanism

1 posted on 09/16/2013 7:43:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Dogsitting machines?


2 posted on 09/16/2013 7:44:46 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: BenLurkin

They’ll h... just about anything.


3 posted on 09/16/2013 7:44:49 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

“They were better at finding hidden food in the room when the social robot pointed to it, rather than the asocial one, though neither held a candle to the results when a human pointed to the food.”

Ultimately man is still dog’s best friend. The robots are being over hyped.


4 posted on 09/16/2013 7:46:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder if cats react similarly, that would be an interesting study.


5 posted on 09/16/2013 7:46:12 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Menehune56

It does arouse the curiosity.


6 posted on 09/16/2013 7:46:30 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Menehune56

If there’s food involved, the cat will be interested.


7 posted on 09/16/2013 7:48:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s not nice to try to fool dogs....grrrrrr.


8 posted on 09/16/2013 8:02:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BenLurkin; Joe 6-pack

Dog trickery ping!


9 posted on 09/16/2013 8:03:14 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BenLurkin

less chance of fleas


10 posted on 09/16/2013 8:12:52 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: BenLurkin

Well there goes the terminator detection system.


11 posted on 09/16/2013 8:15:01 AM PDT by discostu (This is why we have ants!)
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To: BenLurkin

I worked with actuaries. This is very believable.


12 posted on 09/16/2013 8:23:12 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve been reading a good book by Jean Donaldson called The Culture Clash. Really good. She says we really shouldn’t put human emotions on dogs. They are dogs. Love them for what they are, not what you wish they were. They are very selfish animals, which is fine. They will do anything for food.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 8:23:29 AM PDT by republicangel
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To: BenLurkin

They’re not ‘socializing.’
Hype sells articles but does not promote truth.
The dog has learned that this dumb thing gives it food. It is not ‘socializing.’

Will we see robot dogsitters one day? Probably yes, but then what good is it to have a dog if you have a metal thing drag it out for a walk?

Living creatures interact with living creatures.

Please, let’s never ever have robot ‘babysitters.’


14 posted on 09/16/2013 8:25:54 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: republicangel

And that’s why they cry when their owner goes away, mope, and refuse to eat.


15 posted on 09/16/2013 8:26:15 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: BenLurkin

16 posted on 09/16/2013 8:42:40 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: BenLurkin

Well, duh, the robot knows where the food is.


17 posted on 09/16/2013 8:56:03 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: discostu
Well there goes the terminator detection system.

LOL! Good one.

18 posted on 09/16/2013 9:11:59 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: muir_redwoods
They have personalities. They keep them neatly filed in a file cabinet.

/johnny

19 posted on 09/16/2013 9:19:52 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: muir_redwoods
I worked with actuaries. This is very believable.

Yep, they're a robotic lot, actuaries.

20 posted on 09/16/2013 9:21:45 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I looked at their moving about ‘pointing’ by the robot...seems to me the only ‘control’ and suggestion/approval way by the human handler in the room.

I do not see how you could draw a conclusion about robot/animal interaction by this.


21 posted on 09/16/2013 9:31:00 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

If the robot has a built-in food dispenser, then canine affection is guaranteed. And feline, let’s be fair.

How much did this study cost?


22 posted on 09/16/2013 9:55:42 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Gaffer

The control was the human’s?

Well this is a sad face of today’s infatuation with things science. Advocates trump up the technology or the capability because they — we — want to believe in it. And it’s the same lead balloon as globull warmism.


23 posted on 09/16/2013 9:56:05 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

From what I saw, the human handler (with the dog looking at the robot do stuff) was the one that gave the final ‘go-ahead’ to react. whasup widat?


24 posted on 09/16/2013 9:57:32 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: elcid1970

I have no idea but I’ll bet it was at a Cadillac price.


25 posted on 09/16/2013 9:58:03 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: elcid1970

Yes, a cat treat dispenser would get lots of cat affection.


26 posted on 09/16/2013 10:02:42 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Gaffer

Yeah, at best it would be a demo of what happens if the robot had logic that was as perceptive as the dog handler’s was. And the result is that the dog would still vastly prefer the human. Well dogs are man’s best friend. They aren’t robots’.


27 posted on 09/16/2013 10:04:10 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Menehune56
I wonder if cats react similarly, that would be an interesting study.

They did. Cat's simply urinated on the robot and/or started knocking it around a bit.

Then they started asking where their human slave was. (sounded strangely like a 'meow')

28 posted on 09/16/2013 10:14:27 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: BenLurkin

Put some tits on the thing, and I’ll interact with it.


29 posted on 09/16/2013 10:57:55 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: BenLurkin

Well they very well might socialize with a food dispenser but no way would they love a robots companionship the way they do with mankind. Dogs love us.


30 posted on 09/16/2013 6:01:54 PM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: kabumpo

In the book that I’m reading, she says it isn’t fair to the animals to put human emotions on them. And it is a training book. She is one of the best animal behaviorists around.


31 posted on 09/17/2013 4:16:37 AM PDT by republicangel
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