Friday

The Computerized Dog

1 - Computers are not bothered by performing repetitive tasks.

2 - Dogs can be trained by repetitive, consistent rewards for the desired behavior.

1 + 2 =  Computerized dog training!

Yes, there is promising research showing that dogs can be trained by computer. The technology involves a "smart harness" and a computer to monitor responses. Treats can be dispensed to reinforce correct behaviors.
“Because the technology integrates fundamental principles of animal learning into a computational system, we are confident it can be applied to a wide range of canine behaviors,” says Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the university. “For example, it could be used to more quickly train service dogs. Ultimately, we think the technology will be used in conjunction with human-directed training.”
Treehugger

 

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