Discussion: Training Animals to Interact with Electronics - How? Why?

Hi, everyone! This week I came across a YouTuber who is training ducks to pull strings and press certain colored buttons! It made me wonder how other people might be training their animals to interact with electronics. :rabbit: :slight_smile: :heart: Below are some more examples I found on YouTube.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What would you train your animal to do if you could?
  2. Is it wrong to train animals to do our bidding? Why or why not?
  3. How might the animal benefit from this stimulation?

Ducks



Dogs

Here’s a dog that presses a button when he’s “Gotta Go” out! I bet a Bitster could make a similar internet connected button using the cloudBit! :dog: :slight_smile:


Pigeons

Can these pigeons detect breast cancer?

“…With some training and selective food reinforcement, pigeons do just as well as humans in categorizing digitized slides and mammograms of benign and malignant human breast tissue. The pigeons were able to generalize what they had learned, so that when they viewed a completely new set of normal and cancerous digitized slides, they correctly identified them. Their accuracy, like that of humans, was modestly affected by the presence or absence of color in the images, as well as by degrees of image compression. The pigeons also learned to correctly identify cancer-relevant microcalcifications on mammograms, but they had a tougher time classifying suspicious masses on mammograms – a task that is extremely difficult, even for skilled human observers.” Read more

Cats

Watch this trainer teach a kitten to press a button, using play as a reward! Anybody want to try this with their cat? :smile:


Hamsters

Hamster clicker training - using a target …