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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human?

You want them as spies, not soldiers. Suddenly have adorable kittens show up in the backyards of world leaders and some number will be adopted and loved by the victims. Teach them to listen for ...
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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human?

Let's talk fundamentals. What are cats good at? Night vision Jumping Balancing Swatting at things Sleeping in apparently very uncomfortable positions Getting in your way Purposefully ignoring you I'...
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Could Orcs have domesticated hyenas?

Quite likely - though not canines, hyenas are very behaviorally similar to wolves thanks to convergent evolution. They are pack hunters with a hierarchical social structure that a hominid could take ...
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Why would futuristic cities still keep live pets when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

This is like asking why a book is better than an ebook, or why a letter is better than an email. No matter how convenient or easy or clean something is, there's just something about knowing it's real. ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

Well, I believe we can establish that you'd need a big dog for the purposes listed. A small dog may be a good sniffer and so on, but it just doesn't have the mass and bite force to take on a human. A ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

Pugs. It would need to be able to spot enemies Very good hearing and smell, bonus points if it can find food, water and drugs. This pug earns the bonus by finding a stash of cocaine. Can a ...
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Why did I choose a pet fox?

The fox is strangely enthusiastic about the mountain man. From the get go, the fox loves the mountain man. It is not at all clear why to any involved. The former owner of the fox has never seen ...
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Why would futuristic cities still keep live pets when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

The tactile feedback of touching another living thing is far more complicated than it looks at first. Living things respond to your presence. They also respond to how they perceive your emotions. ...
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In a world without humans—or any caretakers—would domestic house pets simply regress into being feral or die?

Most, but not all, domestic animal species would survive and breed, though in pretty much every case they'd be much reduced in number. In the long run, as evolution had its way and the ecology adapted,...
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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human?

Compared to dogs, cats have a few advantages. In particular, they are more agile and stealthier. They may climb trees, and jump roofs. They are good navigating unfamiliar terrain and have a great ...
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Could Orcs have domesticated hyenas?

Most animals can be tamed, in the sense that while you may not be able to command them, you can at least ensure that they do not try to bite or harm you. Note that this isn't the same as ...
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How do I get my pet rock to stop following me around?

Place Rocky into a sturdy terrarium with a padlocked lid. Hang this terrarium from a chain in your garage, so that Rocky can't bump into its walls from the inside to roll it after you - since Rocky is ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

For hunting zombies with my shotgun, I'd go with one of the various Pointer breeds, since silently pointing at the prey is what they do. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_breed The name ...
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Why would futuristic cities still keep live pets when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

Because they read the scientific news that became available in 2016, and realized that cat-related toxoplasmosis results in more "shades of gray" (proclivity to BDSM), and don't want to lose that. ...
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If one nekomimi became intelligent while others were not, could they free their species?

If this happened I would quickly buy as many cats as I could before the price goes up. I would probably get a weird nickname but I would be filthy rich. The seeming lack of intelligence would hurt ...
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Why did I choose a pet fox?

A mountain man who is going to be outside a lot needs the companion who can help him most. First off: Foxes can climb trees. This is a good thing in pretty much any circumstance. They can see well ...
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Why wouldn't a crime czar control drugs, but a pet cartel?

For a crime cartel to exist, the sale of the goods in which they trade must be either illegal or restricted, and in high demand. We have learned this from prohibition of alcohol in the USA in the ...
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Why wouldn't a crime czar control drugs, but a pet cartel?

Trade in endangered species is something like second or third in illegal trade - behind drugs - people pay a lot for animals, or parts of them But! Your crime czar deals with pets. I'd suggest that we'...
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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human?

The same way you use a regular 10 year old kid in warfare - as scouts and living bombs. Your cats are incospicious, and for the last few hundred years, their primary evolutionary pressure was to ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

Great Danes fill most of your requirements. They can be very protective. I don't know how good of a "sniffer" they are but they are smart enough to tell a threat (zombie or scum bag) from their body ...
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What would be the best dog breed companion for a zombie apocalypse?

If you have the time and inclination to train them, you could use Caucasians!. The are Loyal, Huge, smart, huge, great guardians, huge, and really really big! And did I mention they are huge? ...
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Why would futuristic cities still keep live pets when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

Taking a slightly different psychological approach... Have you considered the Uncanny Valley? Many people find animatronics to be kind of creepy. Oddly they can be even more unsettled when they'...
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Could Orcs have domesticated hyenas?

Hyenas are sort of domesticated in several places where they are native, see wikipedia. So yes domesticating them is very possible and realistic. They are similar to wolfs/ dogs.
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Why wouldn't a crime czar control drugs, but a pet cartel?

Just about any cartel can produce profits if it distorts markets. The pet cartel does not move illegal goods, it moves legal goods in an illegal, anti-competitive, hard to prove manner. Would you ...
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Why would futuristic cities still keep live pets when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

Life Lessons All those inconveniences of having a pet that you can neatly program out--well, they teach children things, and for adults, owning a dog is like training for having kids. (It's not the ...
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Why would futuristic cities still keep live pets when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

It is simple, THE COST! Because in future too, adapting such technologies would be expensive for many. Even if we assume that poverty on Earth would be abolished completely in future, It is still ...
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Why would futuristic cities still keep live pets when there are convenient realistic holograms and animatronics?

Because the pet can love you back. That is certainly true in the case of animals of relatively high intelligence like cats and dogs. For less intelligent creatures like fish it might be more ...
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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human?

First off everyone thinks cats are cute and adorable, but their innocence is all an act, in fact most cats are cold blooded murderers who kill for pleasure (Source) The best military use for them ...
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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human?

Spying is probably the area you'd get the best use out of them and believe it or not the CIA actually did attempt to use cats for surveillance during the cold war! It was called "Operation Accoustic ...
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How might the US military use cats with the intelligence of a 10-year old human?

Obviously: Internet widespread manipulation. Specifically, they could be great for recruitment. Remember that Simpson's episode where they did a brainwashing recruitment song? Well, cats are even ...
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