Guest post: Attention Dilution meets pets?

Thanks to Randy Sargent for the following link and comment. I love the idea that you may end up in a popularity contest with yourself (the real you may not have a snack dispenser at the ready as often as this device):

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/24/225843331/weekly-innovation-pampering-your-pooch-from-afar

While this is a real remote person live now, it begs the question: how real does a simulated human on the screen need to be to keep a dog happy?  Is this where we see early versions of automating the simulacrum?  (and do you turn it off an hour before you return so the dog still keenly feels the relief of having the human back with resulting displays of affection?)

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