The Next Big Thing: A dog that could read emoji
How do you tell a dog that you love them?
This is where the next big thing comes in.
A team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a device that can read the meaning of emoji, allowing a dog to understand and appreciate the world around them.
This will be the first step in a process of making a “virtual” dog, which will enable the dogs to interact with their environment.
As the name suggests, the device is essentially a smartphone that allows a dog (or any other animal) to “read” the world.
The idea is that the dog is basically an app for reading the language of other animals, and that these virtual “dogs” can interact with the environment around them to get a sense of what it’s like to be around other dogs.
The researchers behind the project, from Berkeley, say their device is more than just a way to play with animals, it will ultimately allow them to “use technology to better understand how humans interact with other animals.”
And, as with any good technology, there are ethical issues to consider.
“Our goal with this device is to make it as useful as possible for humans and animals, not to make animals uncomfortable,” lead researcher Jeroen Van de Vijver told Wired.
“We think that a dog could benefit from this technology because of its inherent sense of empathy and social understanding.
A dog would learn the difference between two different words, so it would have the same ability to understand that ‘dog’ means a person.”
As for the ethics, the researchers say the device could be used to help people who are suffering from mental illness.
“The technology is there to help them, not hinder them,” Van de Vin and his team explained.
“If the user can use the device, the system could even help them find a therapist who could help them.”
In fact, this technology could be useful in cases where it’s impossible for a dog, human, or other animal to understand the meaning behind the emoji that is written on their clothing or tags.
So, the next step is to figure out how to make the dog “aware” of the emoji in the environment.
Van de Vijver said the team has already worked out a number of ways to accomplish this.
“There are a lot of different methods to use this technology, which is why we’ve chosen to use an open source implementation called TagCat,” he explained.
A tagcat is a text-based text editor that allows users to create text tags for animals.
Tagcat was created by the same team behind TagDog, which was also developed by the University.
“TagCat works as an extension of TagDog to allow the creation of text tags,” Van der Vijver explained.
The main difference between the two programs is that TagCat allows for tags to be created automatically when a tag is typed, while TagDog allows users the ability to edit the tags themselves.
The team is currently working on developing TagCat for use with other animal-related software, but said the ability of a dog or other dog to read emoji is a step closer to a future where a virtual dog could one day be used in real life.
The next step will be to develop a prototype for the dog to be able to interact directly with its environment, which could take some time.
“A real dog would probably only interact with a virtual machine,” Van den Vijv said.
“That means we would need a really good device for this.”
The next big step will likely be to make this device a product.
The research team behind this project is working on a prototype of the device and plans to make an open hardware product for people to use, with the hope that it could help the animal-human interaction problem be solved.