AI pets could replace dogs and cats, but expert warns that 'long-term effects' are unknown

– Artificial intelligence is being used to create robotic pets that could potentially replace traditional household pets like dogs and cats.

– Go1, developed by China's Unitree Robotics, is an intelligent quadruped robot companion that can follow its owner's speed and perform various movements.

– Go1 utilizes stability control, gait generation, motion control, navigation, obstacle avoidance, and learning through AI.

– The robot has a super-sensing system with fisheye binocular sensors and human recognition capabilities.

– LivingAI in China has created EMO, a small AI-powered desktop pet that reacts to its owner with over 1,000 facial expressions and movements.

– EMO can explore its surroundings, make decisions, interact with humans, and evolve over time through internal sensors and AI processing models.

– EMO can be programmed for tasks like turning on lights, setting alarms, and celebrating special events.

– Dr. Harvey Castro, an AI expert, highlights the benefits of robotic pets, including companionship, low maintenance, and mental health support.

– However, AI pets lack the ability to replicate the rich experience of caring for real animals and may not encourage physical activity like walking or playing.

– Castro warns of potential risks related to data privacy, dependency on AI pets for companionship, and neglect of real-life relationships.

– The long-term psychological and emotional effects of AI pets, especially on children, are still not fully understood.

– While AI pets can offer a beneficial alternative for companionship and mental health, they should be seen as a partial replacement for real pets.

– As AI technology advances, continuous evaluation of the benefits and risks associated with AI pets is necessary.