Tag: pet

  • The Catpocalypse

    Your average indoor/outdoor domestic cat is responsible for the destruction of other animal species on a scale that boggles the mind. Anthony and Jeff take a look at the data, and discuss why one cute, cudly pet might just be more than the planet can handle. [more]

  • Quantum AI and Tiny Rango | #643

    What if an AI could learn, not by simply doing an activity over and over, but by actually employing creativity? A new quantum computer aims to do just that, and it has Anthony and Jeff wondering what exactly makes intelligence intelligent. Then, a new record for the tiniest reptile ever discovered has been set in the island of Madagascar. Jeff sells Anthony on the idea of getting an itty bitty teeny weeny chameleon as a pet. [more]

  • The Butterfly Effect and Teen Dogs

    Sure, the butterfly effect is a popular notion in sci-fi, not to mention a staple of the Kutcher oeuvre, but could a small change in time travel result in huge problems? Physicists now have reason to believe in a quantum landscape, and think tweaking history in this way shouldn't be a major issue. Anthony and Jeff discuss going back to the future with 12 monkeys to take on baby Hitler, and decide whether this study should make things easier. Then, is your dog a teenager? It turns out dogs go through an angsty teen period just like humans. Jeff and Anthony take a look at the study that bears this out, and decipher what it means for pet owners. [more]

  • Robodogs Go To Heaven

    Back in 1999, Sony released a robot dog called Aibo. Now, 15 years later, these toys have started to break down, and Sony has ceased repairing them or manufacturing new models. This has caused the few people who still use and care for these little robotic companions to come to terms with the loss of a wholly inorganic member of their families. Jeff and Anthony discuss whether man-made friends can ever truly replace natural ones, and why we must always accept the inevitable death of all cute things. [more]

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