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Monday, March 10, 2008

Robot dogs can substitute live pets


Wolfgang Heller with his robot dog Aibo

A study by Saint Louis University found that a lovable pooch named Sparky and a robotic dog, AIBO, were about equally effective at relieving the loneliness of nursing home residents and fostering attachments. If humans can feel an emotional bond with robots, even fairly simple ones, some day they could not just be our assistants, but also our companions.

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