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Questions tagged [pets]

For questions in which a species domesticates another species for companionship.

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Why did I choose a pet fox? [closed]

Lets say I was a mountain man going to live in Alaska during the early 1870's (also in a fantasy setting) and a trader comes to me offering either a domesticated fox or dog to take as a pet. Why would ...
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In a world without humans—or any caretakers—would domestic house pets simply regress into being feral or die? [duplicate]

The title of the question says it all: Something happens on a planet like Earth. All humans—for whatever reason—simply disappear. Are they dead? Alive? Or something else? No idea. But for all intents ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

First, let's settle the background. We're in a middle of a virus-induced zombie apocalypse. Infected people don't return from the dead, but have their brain capacities cut to a basic minimum and ...
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If one nekomimi became intelligent while others were not, could they free their species? [closed]

One day, Bob the everyman wakes up in the morning and goes down to feed his 3 cats, only to find that they have transformed into cat-like people. Essentially they have cat ears and tails, and their ...
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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human? [closed]

A scientist rescues a pregnant Maine Coon on the road and takes care of her. The kittens grow but there is something odd about their behaviour. The camera in the house witnesses something remarkable:...
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Why futuristic cities still keeps live pet when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

With quantum computer that can easily fits inside our can drinks and machine learning algorithm so advanced that we can easily fool all animals especially ourselves to tell the difference between what'...
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What games could an alien play with us? [closed]

After a satisfyingly traditional evening of watching videos of cats doing silly things on a popular video sharing website, I started to think... While we play 'games' with our pets, generally these ...
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How does an AI keep its Human Pets Happy?

It is late in the day, and humanity has made the fateful step: digital transcendence for some. The last few weeks before the Singularity were singularly chaotic, with widespread violence by opponents ...
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How likely is a human level intelligence species to mass adopt a dog-like intelligence species as pets? [closed]

Here in the Earth, humans have massively adopted dogs as pets, even from ancient times. A quick Google search shows that there are in excess of 5 × 108 (half a billion) domestic dogs around the ...
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Dinosaur pets in the house! [closed]

Imagining, for a second, that dinosaurs still exist. In this world, for whatever reason, people domesticated dinosaurs and- much like pet goats and pigs- they eventually found their way into our homes....
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Humans as Pets?

Related, and in continuation to The Challenge of Controlling an Advanced AI. At this point in my story, I'm assuming a got-out-of-the-box-AI scenario, where no singleton (a single self-coherent ...