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Senior AI pet / assistance idea, poll

  1. #1
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    Jun 2017
    Wisc USA

    Senior AI pet / assistance idea, poll

    My nephew got his daughter a FurReal Roarin’ Playful Tiger.

    It's a toy that responds to voice and motion. His daughter luvs it and I can see why.

    It got me to thinking....

    Long ago I was a big fan of a show that showed the often unimaginable evolution of inventions; 'Connections' by James Burke.
    The show always started with a riddle; What does this pile of discarded laundry have to do with this rocket? And then he would show the steps that multiple inventions built upon each other to get to the rocket (or whatever).
    He explained how the vast majority of 'inventions' are the combination of existing things or processes. Fascinating. I think I have many episodes on VHS, somewhere.

    Now; I'm wondering what could be done with existing tech to make an intelligent 'pet' and assistant for seniors that live alone (yes, like me).
    The tech I've thought of that might be applied;
    motion sensing - used in security and night lights
    microphone and camera - everywhere
    pattern learning - smart thermostats
    mobility w/ self-charging - 'robot' vacuums
    voice recognition virtual assistant - Amazon Echo. Google Smart Speaker (I hate that name as speaker is just a very small part of what it does)
    Internet connection and apps - used everywhere, for everything
    Home automation - lights, security

    I'm picturing some sort of electric pet, something like the FurReal Tiger, but could be most any form.
    It would follow or come when called (voice or app). Interact in playful ways.
    Call you by name like Siri / Alexa.
    Accept and follow commands like Siri; remind me to buy milk, lock the doors, turn off lights...
    Do programmed actions when it detects variations from your normal patterns. Alert lights / sounds if you stay up to late. Take video and contact people if you don't move or respond for a set amount of time.

    What form would you prefer?
    What functions would you like it to be able to do?
    Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul - Samuel Ullman

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    I think I'm in Florida, but I'm not sure any GPS blew away.
    I'm hard put just to keep the dust bunnies under the bed fed and alive. Not sure I could handle something mechanical that would nag me.
    If we're ever in a situation where I am "the voice of reason", then we are in a very, very bad situation.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Wisc USA
    I happened upon this article that says someone is already doing it;
    Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul - Samuel Ullman

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Connecticut USA
    All that is well and good if I could learn it.

    I'd ask for one tweak- the ability of a robot to feed my real care dog, or pet cat; let the dog out on a tether to "go' in addition to a helpful neighbor and/or myself each day. There's nothing like the affection of an animal to lower blood pressure, make us smile, snuggle with, etc.

    Heck, I've seen care dogs open refrigerators with a rope tied to the door and get their human a beer!

  5. #5
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    Aug 2015
    Northeast PA. Live near the NASCAR track, with deer, bears, rabbits. On an always growing lawn.
    That's not a bad idea. My cat, Fuzzybuddy, died in May. I'm 71. When you're 30, you can lie that you're really 23. When you're 71, your body tells the truth. Another pet is not in the cards. But since Fuzzy is gone, I've started to talk to myself. I lived alone for years, and I never talked to myself. Having an animal in the house is beneficial for me, but definitely not for the animal. A tiny example is my TV is very LOUD . So an artificial animal would be just right.

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