We are in the year 2021 and so far it has been one crisis after another. What really gives me hope is the time I spend with my dog. It’s a moment away from chaos and I often wonder if my dog knows what is happening around us. Do our pets have a sixth sense for disaster as well as for our emotions? Dogs are one of the smartest companions at home, and our furry friends really do form an inexplicable bond with us. What leads me to this – what is the future of robot dogs?
With no real feelings, but as the AI progresses, they will surely be smarter and more efficient. Dog bots will likely be a cross between a smart pet and a housekeeper. I envision features like surveillance cameras for the eyes while still being cute enough to bring you your newspaper and wake you up in the morning. Dog bots can have the advantage of low maintenance. They don’t require mandatory walks on days when you’re sick or panic you if you forget to skip their food in an emergency. And as you can imagine, they definitely won’t be a nuisance while bathing.
So in the future this sounds like a practical option as the AI can closely mimic a dog’s behavior, but what about our conditioned behavior towards dogs? This conceptual Samsung dog bot replaces the functions of the dog with a screen. Instead of a confused head tilt, the face, also known as the robot’s screen, displays a question mark. If the tech giants are to build a robot dog, using a screen as an interactive interface will save a lot more material than using plastic-like materials to recreate your pet’s actual physique. With the rapid rate at which the AI is growing and the conceptual illustrations, the Hundebot will be able to chase balls and greet you when it senses your arrival. It’s interesting how futuristic the design is, yet just looking at it you can tell that it looks like a dog. You may not even have noticed that the “tail” was missing, and yet our brains have evolved to associate emotions with robots.
For most of us, our dogs are considered family. The strong bond teaches us a lot about our own feelings, the constant care of another, communication without actual language, and the invincible power of the puppy’s eyes! While technology can make robots so realistic that we start to question what is real, something like a dog with its head on your lap can never be replicated by a bot, can it? Let’s take a paw (see what I did there?) And think about what life would be like if Samsung built a robot dog like this one.
Designer: Gaetano De Cicco