Do robo-pets dream of electric sheep?

Philip K. Dick would be proud. Twenty robo-pets have been “installed” in Lancashire care homes. Definitely not AI, but an interesting use of robotics nonetheless.

The council’s champion for older people is quoted as saying:

These robo-pets are fantastic because they look and act like the real thing. The dogs bark when they hear you, the cats purr when you stroke them.

Part of the cover of Brainchildren, by Daniel C. Dennett

UKAuthority reports that there are plans for more.

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