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AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit

By New Scientist

January 21, 2021

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A prototype artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers could train dogs while their owners are out.

CSU's Jason Stock and Tom Cave taught the AI to identify when dogs were sitting, standing, or lying down using more than 20,000 images of dogs of various breeds.

When integrated with a moveable camera, a speaker for issuing instructions, and a dog treat delivery tube, the AI can function as an automated trainer.

The AI encountered difficulty in differentiating between being prone and standing in dogs, compared to humans.

Although impressed by the technology, Dirk van der Linden at the U.K.'s Northumbria University said, "The automating of the human-dog relationship ... is increasingly problematic, because it is using a technological fix for a very valuable interspecies relationship that caregivers ought to keep working on."

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