‘Will we love our robotic pets?’ and other questions for the future
So there’s contemporary reality, which is already surprising (“Five body parts you can make with 3-D printers,” reported by Forbes.com).
And there’s science fiction, which leapfrogs past decades of incremental study to reimagine a bright shiny — or bleak, depending on your point of view — new world (“Ex Machina,” “Humans,” “AI,” etc., etc., etc.).
Something in between is the subject of “Futuropolis,” a new biweekly podcast from Popular Science magazine. In 15-to-25-minute segments, PopSci editors Breanna Daxler and Lindsey Kratochwill talk over what everyday life might be like in the foreseeable future. In “Microgravity Dinners,” they eat astronaut food (“Oh, God, it’s crunchy, it’s chewy; this is supposed to be ice cream?”) and interview David Irvin of Systems and Materials Research, which has a NASA grant to come up with better alternatives; he describes a 3-D printer that can make a pizza, with layers of dough, tomato sauce, cheese.
An episode called “The Programmable Pooch” considers what we will look for in robotic pets; “Finding Mr. (Swipe) Right” examines how we will meet potential soul mates and fall in love; and you can guess what “Robot You Can Drive My Car” is about.
The format is casual, and its questions are usually more interesting than the answers. For example, talking with Bill Smart, an associate professor of robotics at Oregon State University, the reporters discuss the end of robotic pets’ “lives”: When one breaks, will its heartbroken owner want to download its memory into an identical replacement? Or would that tech-savvy owner cheerfully upgrade to the latest iPet iteration?
One entertaining addition is predictions from long-ago editions of Popular Science — such as an 1893 article noting that the requirement for robotic pets would be “if it is a bird, that it should sing or talk” and Wernher von Braun’s 1965 prediction that astronauts would dine on filet mignon.
source: Washington Post http://tinyurl.com/pjulvay
From our friends at the American Veterinary Medical Association | Pets in Vehicles
Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We've heard the excuses: "Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store," or "But I cracked the windows..." These excuses don't amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle.
The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F...and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that's 110 degrees inside your vehicle!
Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn't seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.
Want numbers? An independent study showed that the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96º F rose steadily as time increased.
This study also found that cracking the windows had very little effect on the temperature rise inside the vehicle. This is definitely a situation where "love 'em and leave 'em" is a good thing. Please leave your pets at home at home when you can...they'll be safe and happily waiting for you to come home.
...but wait, there's more!
The risks associated with pets in vehicles don't end with heatstroke. Just as you should always wear your seatbelt to protect you in case of a collision, your pet should always be properly restrained while in the vehicle. That means a secure harness or a carrier.
A loose, small pet could crawl down in the footwell, interfering with use of the brake or accelerator pedal. A small pet sitting in your lap could be injured or killed by the airbag or could be crushed between your body and the airbag in a collision, and a large pet leaning across your lap can interfere with your view of the road and can be injured by the air bag in a collision. Unrestrained pets could be thrown out or through windows or windshields in a collision. And not only could your pet be injured in the collision, but it might also increase your risk of collision by distracting you and taking your attention away from where it should be – on the road.
To learn more about the importance of restraining your pets, visit Paws to Click.
Most of us smile when we see a dog's face happily hanging out a window, digging the ride and the smells wafting on the breeze, but this is a very risky venture for the dog for three reasons. One, it means your dog isn't properly restrained – and we've already told you why that's so important. Two, your dog is at high risk of eye, ear, face and mouth injury from airborne objects when it's got its face hanging out the window. Three, letting your dog hang any part of its body out of the window increases the risk that (s)he could be thrown out of the vehicle during a collision, lose its balance and fall out of the open window during an abrupt turn or maneuver, or jump out of the vehicle to threaten another dog or a person.
And let's not forget the severe dangers of driving with your dog in the bed of a pickup truck. Dogs can fall or jump from the truck bed and be injured or killed on impact, or be struck by other traffic. And just as letting your dog hang its head out of the window puts it at risk of injury from debris, a dog in a truck bed is even more exposed to airborne hazards. Using a appropriate-length tether may reduce the risk that your dog will exit the truck bed, but the tether could tangle, injure, or even choke your dog. If you must transport your dog in the bed of a pickup truck, use a secured and appropriately sized and ventilated dog kennel. (For more information, read ourDogs Traveling in Truck Beds literature review.)
Before you put your pet in the vehicle, ask yourself if you really need to take your pet with you – and if the answer is no, leave your pet safely at home. If you must take your pet with you, make sure (s)he is properly restrained so the trip is as safe as possible for both of you.
> Many of you have expressed how much you love our building. Happy that we chose to preserve the original structure and incorporated the old and historic with our new and modern.
Maybe you didn’t know that it was our very own Dr. Gale’s husband, Dave, who was the architect who painstakingly redesigned and transformed Concord Chapel to Concord Chapel Animal Hospital.
Dave continues to work on preserving historic buildings and repurposing them for the next generation of visionaries. His latest project is the beautiful Stratford Church in Delaware Ohio.
A photograph of this church is a finalist in the Heritage Ohio Preservation photo contest.
And if you want to keep up-to-date on the restoration of the Stratford Church. “like” his Facebook page at this link. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Kerr-Architect/117364765017922?fref=nf
Jackson Township celebrating 200 years
FYI | Preservation Month Photo Contest
This is Photo #2 - Sticks & Stones, Delaware, Ohio
Memorial Day Flag Retirement Ceremony by Boy Scout troop 412
Video presentation about the ceremonies that troop 412 will host at the Old Concord Cemetery.
AVMA Alerts: CANINE INFLUENZA OUTBREAK
Many of you are already aware of the ongoing canine influenza outbreak in the Chicago area.
Cornell University issued a press release on April 12, 2015 that states that the ongoing canine influenza in the Chicago area is due to the H3N2 subtype of canine influenza, not the H3N8 subtype that has been seen in the U.S. previously.
This is the first identification of the H3N2 subtype outside of Asia. At this time, it is not known if the currently available H3N8 vaccines will provide any cross-immunity to dogs exposed to the H3N2 subtype.
We have updated our canine influenza resources, and will continue to update them as needed when more information is available. We will also post updates on our social media channels, including Facebook https://www.facebook.com/avmavets…, Twitter https://www.avma.org/Members/Community/Pages/twitter.aspx…, Google+ https://plus.google.com/+AVMAvets/posts and LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/avma.
Canine influenza FAQ https://www.avma.org/…/Control-of-Canine-Influenza-in-Dogs.…
Canine influenza: Pet Owners' Guide https://www.avma.org/pu…/PetCare/Pages/CanineInfluenza.aspx…