We are in 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’s going on around us? Do our pets have a sixth sense of disaster as they do for our emotions? Dogs are one of our most intelligent household companions, and our furry friends truly form an inexplicable bond with us. Which brings me to this – what is the future of robot dogs?
They are devoid of true feelings but with the development of AI, they will definitely be smarter and more effective. Dog robots are probably a hybrid of a smart pet and domestic helper, I imagine features like security cameras for the eyes while still being gentle enough to fetch your newspaper and wake you up in the morning. Dog robots may benefit from being low-maintenance, and they will not require mandatory walks on the days you are sick or make you panic if you forget to leave their food outside during an emergency. And as you can imagine, it definitely won’t be bothersome during bath time.
So for the future, it actually looks like a practical option because AI will be able to closely simulate a dog’s behavior but what about our conditional behavior towards dogs? This conceptual dog robot from Samsung replaces dog features with a screen, so instead of a fuzzy head tilt, the bot’s screen will show you a question mark. If the tech giants were to create a robot dog, using a screen as an interactive interface would save a lot more material than using plastic-like materials to replicate the true structure of your pet. With the rapid rate at which the AI is growing and conceptual displays appear, the dog robot will be able to chase the balls and give you a jumping welcome when it feels your arrival. It’s interesting how the design is so futuristic, however when you look at it you can realize that it was made to look like a dog. You might not even notice that the “tail” is missing, and yet our brains have evolved to associate emotion with robots.
For most of us, our dogs are a family. Strong bonding teaches us a lot about our emotions, caring for another at all times, communicating without an actual language, and the indomitable power of a puppy! While technology can make robots so realistic that we start to question what is real, something like a dog that puts its head on your lap can never be replicated by a robot, right? Let’s take a paw (see what I’ve done there?) And think about what life would be like if Samsung were to make a robot dog like this.
Designer: Gaetano De Cicco