C-Blog: Social Pet Robots

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It would seem that there are enough social robots in the world that promise limitless communication. Nevertheless, today, I will tell you about one more social robots' type - pet robots.

A rare child did not ask with tears their parents to get a cat, dog, or at least a hamster. But not always the desire to shelter a pet is doable, and the reasons for this are different: allergies, lack of time and the opportunity to raise and walk an animal, and someone just fears confusion and wool scattered around the apartment.

Of course, you can always buy a bald and hypoallergenic pet, or you can choose an alternative option because, with the development of technology, robots have emerged that can replace pets.

Probably in the foreseeable future, robotic dogs and cats will run through your house. The market is constantly replenished with new ideal pets that do not require sacrifice from owners such as getting up early in the morning for walking. They do not need to be fed, for advanced four-legged ones there is no need to take special care. 

Interesting fact: people communicate with robots, as with ordinary animals, although they know that their friends are not living organisms.

We all are human beings with social features. Thanks to this, we have evolved. This means that we are able to even in robots to see the features inherent in living beings.

 We used to divide the world into animate and inanimate. Now, when we exist side by side with progressive technologies, the borders have been slightly erased, and a new hybrid category has emerged.


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Robotics pets are used for therapeutic purposes: they help patients with dementia and other disorders to get rid of feelings of isolation, anxiety, and stress. It would seem that their fellows in the flesh can do the same, but live pets are not suitable for a specific category of patients. These robots do not need feeding and care; they do not get sick, and they are not spontaneous in their behavior.

If suddenly you get bored with your pet robot, you can simply turn it off and put it on the shelf. And no shelters, remorse, and broken destinies.

 When communicating with animals, the hormone oxytocin is produced, which helps relieve stress and makes a person relaxed, the person gets rid of the feeling of loneliness, the level of physical activity rises, contact provides also the social support;  the person’s well-being improves as the cholesterol content decreases and the blood pressure normalizes. 

Pet robots may play a role in many health-related situations since the artificial intelligence of robots allows to program them to adapt to various behavioral features. Such a program can play a role in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, be used in the neurocognitive rehabilitation of stroke patients, and become a good companion for children with Autism.

The benefits of the union of man and pet are indisputable. Therefore, the appearance of a huge number of animal robots, which differ from living ones by their unpretentiousness, is obvious. there are a lot of robots, functionally copying these pets.

 In my newest Querlo Chat, you can get familiar with some of the pet robots, so check it and let's chat

MIRO, AIBO, Zoomer, Cat VENUS, Paro Baby Seal, and NeCoRo Cat. 

Today, robots are one of the most likely variants of the man and animal union's evolution.

Today, electronic pets still look like a child's toy, but will soon be able to acquire a more realistic looking pet robot with the ability to simulate natural warmth and, perhaps, the same behavior pattern as real animals.

 In animal robotics, modern technology has reached the highest level. Pet robots imitate real animals very well. For the next generation of humans, pet robots will become the norm.

But certain cybernetics professionals do not want to create intelligent robots that will be able to experience both pain and pleasure. They do not know how humans will use robots, so they don’t want to take responsibility for it. Experts say that the robotics' development will create many new problems for the saving of the moral foundations of humanity.


Social pet robots - Screenshot of querlo

The days when robots will be in every home are not so far off. Just 10 years ago, the robots in the house or artificial intelligence seemed to us science fiction. It may be hard for someone a soulless robot imagine as a beloved creature. But scientists are confident that already the next generation will not find anything reprehensible in this.

Cars have replaced horses. Home security systems have replaced guard dogs. Internet kittens are cuter than your kittens. Pooper-scooper laws are unnecessary for cuddly stuffed animals on your bed. And your pet bird should have never been kept in a cage to begin with. Robot pets are inevitable. And possibly overdue. - Neil deGrasse Tyson 

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But only one question remains open: can we love a robot as much as we love our dog or cat?

The example from Japan says yes. The Japanese owners of the electric pets bury them when they break. This indicates a high degree of human attachment to the robot. 

Technologies do not stand in place, and after a while, the robots will become so complex, with integrated artificial intelligence,  that they can satisfy all the emotional needs of a person. Moreover, no worse than living pets.

Engineers are continuously improving models of robots. They are trying to put into them all the qualities inherent in living beings: social intellect, attitudes toward communication, obedience, even love for their master. 




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