My premise is that some time in the future, we have perfected the science of robotics, and we can now make a robotic cat or dog that is virtually indistinguishable from a flesh cat or dog, except it is programmable and it never dies.
- The pet animal is programmable - you can program all unwanted behaviours out of your pet (such as scratching furniture or barking), or leave these behaviours in at whatever level you find acceptable.
- There would be an on/off switch or stand-by mode - you can just turn your pet off when you go on vacation if you don’t want to take it with you.
- The power pack would be a lifetime supply.
Would that interest you - to have a cat or dog that wouldn’t do the things you don’t like, but would still seem to be a pet cat or dog?
(I’ve focused on cats and dogs as the most common pets, but if you’d prefer a pet robotic bunny or parrot or whatever, please feel free to join in the discussion.)