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Could you love a robot dog?

Jambalaya

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Sony has a sophisticated robot dog named the aibo. I think it's very cute, and a good solution for people who can't have real pets but would like a petlike experience. In Japan, the Aibo's home market, many apt buildings don't allow pets, and also people work long hours.

This is a good unboxing video:



Photo of the dog:

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Jambalaya

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Would YOU welcome an aibo into your home and heart? (I wanted to put this sentence after the aibo photo, but the edit wouldn't work.)
 

chrono

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I think I would like it but a part of me is tactile, so the soft fur and warmth makes a big difference to me.
 

Jambalaya

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Ugh! Today's pet rock. :knockout:

Awww, poor robot! Did you watch the video? He/she is pretty cute! Somewhere on YT there's a video where the robot dog was taken into a senior day center, and they loved it!
 

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This is Spot, a very clever robot dog from a company named Boston Dynamics. Is this any better, Kenny? :lol-2:

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Jambalaya

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I think I would like it but a part of me is tactile, so the soft fur and warmth makes a big difference to me.

When I was researching this concept of robotic pets after I saw an aibo ad, I came across another intriguing concept named the uncanny valley. You probably know the term. It refers to a situation where a robot is TOO close to the real thing for comfort. Apparently, in tests with humanoid robots, if they were too lifelike, participants had the urge to do away with them, violently. :lol-2:

I wonder if the makers thought that fur would be too much? I think this little robot is meant to look like a cartoon.
 

Jambalaya

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Dancing robots: Omg, this is SO clever!

 

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I can’t get with this. Cuddling a robot dog just wouldn’t feel the same as the real thing.
 

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No..I couldn’t love it. I do have a very soft furry pillow that I pet when I’m watching tv..haha
 

yssie

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I was going to say “no” but I have a history of anthropomorphizing all sorts of things. My bicycle had a name and preferences. I watered the smallest boulder in the garden wall - it was the runt rock and it needed a little extra care when it got hot. I had too many imaginary friends for anyone else to keep track of. I’m confident that as an adult I couldn’t “love” a robot, but as a child I’d probably have emotionally attached within seconds of meeting the thing...
 
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Jambalaya

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Mamabee! :lol-2:

Hey, you could trace a face in its fur, and then it would really be a pillow-pet! Do it, lol!
 

Jambalaya

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I’m confident that as an adult I couldn’t “love” a robot,

Are you sure about that......? It's very cute!

Watered the runt rock, LOL! Was it a boy rock or a girl rock? :lol-2:
 

yssie

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Conditioning is so odd and funny sometimes!!

We bought a stuffed lion for a friend’s baby at Toys R Us, and I kept catching myself scritching it behind the ear as I walked. Gave it to the other half for a bit and he started doing the same thing!! We’re both just conditioned to do that when carrying something about that size and furry :lol:
 

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Like @yssie I am great at anthropomorphizing so initially my gut feeling was yes, I could love a robot dog.

I, too, name my cars, bikes, inanimate figures along our bike route and when I was little my stuffed animals. So my final (until I am in that situation and know for sure) answer is maybe. I wouldn't know for sure until I got a robot dog which I have no intention of purchasing.

Instead I want a real dog pretty please. Working on my DH. :)


As for the live and real dog I want to adopt he/she would have to be a rescue dog and not too big so we can fit him/her in the car with our four cats. Just saying. 8)
 

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Haha I feel you.
Here you go...someone to make you smile and go awww.


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How can anyone say no to this baby? My DH has a heart of stone. ;(

Squeeeee!!!! Spotty puppies make my heart go pitter pat!!

I bet your dh is a total marshmallow.
Probably afraid of falling head over heels in love. Again.
 

missy

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Squeeeee!!!! Spotty puppies make my heart go pitter pat!!

I bet your dh is a total marshmallow.
Probably afraid of falling head over heels in love. Again.

Me too :kiss2: my heart beats so fast for these sweet pups ❤️

Truth be told my DH would “let” me get a dog but I know his reasons are good ones for not adopting one right now. I begrudgingly give him credit for being the adult in our relationship. Occasionally he is right. Not most of the time but in this case ok. For now.

Stay tuned.
:)
 
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