Items tagged with: Dogs
I feel like #robots can eventually have #empathy and #emotions like people, this isn't even really all that hard to program with some of the greatest minds. I mean even #dogs and #cats have emotions.
What I'm not sure why big companies aren't asking, is whether we really want machines evolving like humans, or if we want to evolve in a faster and cleaner way.
Sure humans have a complex array of emotions, but it took from the #bronzeage to the #robotics age to figure how, maybe splitting your neighbors skull open isn't such a nice thing to do people.
If we could eliminate that kind of blood shed and tyrrany that led humans to where they are now, I think robots could actually be better than humans in a lot of ways, and not be creepy because of it.
#dogs #dogsOfTheFederation #dogsOfTheFediverse
#biology #animals #wolves #dogs #SocialBehavior #cooperation #domestication
While wolves rely heavily on cooperation, dogs do so substantially less thus leading to the prediction that wolves are more prosocial than dogs. However, domestication hypotheses suggest dogs have been selected for higher cooperation, leading to the opposing prediction — increased prosocial tendencies in dogs. To tease apart these hypotheses, Dale et al adapted a paradigm previously used with pet dogs to directly compare dogs and wolves. In a prosocial choice task, wolves acted prosocially to in-group partners; providing significantly more food to a pack-member compared to a control where the partner had no access to the food. Dogs did not. Additionally, wolves did not show a prosocial response to non-pack members, in line with previous research that social relationships are important for prosociality. Image credit: Dale et al, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215444.
Wolves are More Prosocial than Dogs, New Study Finds
In touchscreen experiments that allowed animals to provide food to others, wolves (Canis lupus) acted more prosocially toward their pack members than did pack dogs (Canis lupus familiaris).
what kind of dog for shtf?
All those guys posting videos of their German #Shepherds makes me laugh.
I went to a monster truck rally years ago. The halftime show was a #police dog demonstration. They brought out all the Shepherds, the "bad guys" with the foam arm, sicced the dogs on them, they waved the arm, the dog bit the arm. Yawn. Then they brought out a #Heeler. The guy wasn't wearing a foam arm. He was wearing a full foam suit and a catcher's mask. And he was already on the other side of the stadium when they let the Heeler loose. I heard the guy next to me say something like "what's that little dog going to do? Ha ha!" "Just watch," I countered. When they turned it loose, the heeler didn't appear to run - instead, it was a horizontal RPG flying about 12" off the ground. That little 40 lb dog smashed into the guy in the foam suit going at least 40 MPH. We saw little pieces of foam coming off of him. The dog was everywhere on him at the same time - legs, then face, then arms. It took 3 other cops to pull the dog off him. The crowd went wild.
I know what kind of dog I want when things get tough. I had a heeler for years after that. Smartest, most loyal, and meanest dog when needed. Very #stealthy if needed. Also nicest dog.
I saw it take on 2 raccoons at the spring. People say when #raccoons fight, they can turn themselves around inside their own skin, and that's why they are so dangerous to dogs. Didn't matter to my heeler- she could turn inside her skin as well. She sent those two raccoons packing in a few seconds. I quickly checked her for bites, but there was not even one.
I went out of town for work. My ex's (there's a few reasons she's an ex- she didn't like dogs in the house) job was to put the dog in her kennel at night. But the dog wouldn't go. She called me out of desperation, "What do I do?" "put the phone down where she can hear it." "Okay". "Bronny," I said, "go to bed." A few seconds. then my ex on the phone, "she's in her kennel. How did you know she would do that?" "I guess she listens to me."
Another time my 3 yr old nephew wandered away in the back yard while we were having a BBQ. "Has anyone seen Zach?" his mother asked. We all started calling "Zach!" Then I thought I heard something. "Shhh!" We all listened and heard a small voice "Move, Bronny, move." It was Zach. He was standing at the top of the hill, trying to get Bronny to move out of the way so he could get to the canal. But she wouldn't move. She was stopping him from falling into the canal. No training was done to get this response- she just knew what to do.
Another time we were having a party at the cabin. The previous owner had asked to board his horses on the back 10 acres. One of the kids accidentally left the gate open, and the horses decided to join the party. With all the people and toddlers. My bro-in-law and I tried to round up the horses, but they easily outran us. He said, "let's get the dogs." We whistled each for our dogs - his an Aussie Shepherd, and mine the Heeler. They instantly appeared by our sides and looked up at us. We pointed at the horses and said, "Get em." The dogs bounded off, headed the horses up against the fence, and moved them along until they reached the open gate, which they energetically barked them through. We closed the gate and locked the horses in. The whole episode took about 1 minute. Again, no training. I don't think my dog had ever seen horses.
I think all dogs can be trained to be excellent defenders, it just comes easier for some. With my current mutt dog's laser focus, ability to be stealthy, and smarts and loyalty, I'm sure he's got some heeler in him. #SHTF #dogs #Heeler #Shepherd #training #prep #prepare