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Old 05-16-2015, 11:39 PM
 
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A leading animal welfare researcher has claimed that the rise in global population will lead to real animals becoming the reserve of the extremely wealthy, meaning that the rest of us will turn to ‘robot dogs’ for companionship
That concept was pushed in many sci-fi movies. Blade Runner for one.

3 June 2008, General Jacques Diouf claims that US$30 billion a year to enable 862 million hungry people to enjoy the most fundamental of human rights: the right to food and thus the right to life. The world petfood market is worth US$65.8 billion (in 2012).

So by this measure, the world cannot afford pets even today.
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Old 05-17-2015, 12:58 PM
 
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One advantage of having a robo-dog is that you don't need a pooper scooper when you take it out for a walk. No need to buy dog food for it either.
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Old 05-17-2015, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC, USA
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guess we will have start ww3 to prevent from over population which will lead to less dogs, we can not have less dogs!
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:10 PM
 
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One advantage of having a robo-dog is that you don't need a pooper scooper when you take it out for a walk. No need to buy dog food for it either.
Yeh, but what happens when some wires get crossed and he keeps growling over, and over, and over, and over....
I'd figure a robot dog would be a lot more expensive to keep than a real dog.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:12 AM
 
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Yeh, but what happens when some wires get crossed and he keeps growling over, and over, and over, and over....
I'd figure a robot dog would be a lot more expensive to keep than a real dog.
Just take out the batteries and store the mechanical mutt in a closet or attic to be forgotten like Furbies.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Atlantis
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Whatever.

My dog has been pretty expensive:

Surgery for a luxating patella $1,640

Dental - back teeth pulled $815

Grooming $90 every three months.

But i have a vasectomy so its my child. And I stopped spending money on hyper sexual, sociopathic, estrogen based parasites (note: not all women, just the ones in attracted to) a couple of years ago.

So I can afford to have a fur child.

And mine would still hang with me even if I was homeless.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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A robot cannot replace a dog for company and loyalty. It doesn't smell like a dog. It doesn't need to be fed and it doesn't need to be walked. The walks for exercise, and the companionship are the primary reason for having a dog.
Robots will make good live-in maids and they will feed the dog and clean up the poop.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:43 AM
 
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A robot cannot replace a dog for company and loyalty. .
Agreed and thats why pet robot dogs will never become a big seller, be cheaper and less hassle to just pick up a rock and call it your pet.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Nice article that leaves out reasoning.
Stating " rise in global population" gives absolutely no indication as to why this would be so.
IMO, it was just very a poor lead-in to an article about robot dogs.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:24 AM
 
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For those contemplating a future pet robot dog do you really think something like this will be a viable replacement?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz6uEFdJckA
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