Animals get in on technology too. And we’re not just talking about all the cute cat videos that can be found on the web. Although, those are certainly very important to pretty much anyone’s everyday existence.
First of all, in 2015, pigeons (yes those birds that you probably hate) were trained to detect cancer. The researchers used medical images with cancerous cells, specifically breast cancer. The pigeons would then peck a blue rectangle or a yellow one, to say whether or not it was cancer. If the pigeons got it right, they would get a treat. After two weeks of training, the pigeons could detect cancer with 99% accuracy.
In addition, mice got in on some virtual reality training in a research project to see how memories are formed. They were strapped onto treadmills with sensors that could tickle their whiskers to simulate walls, and then researchers saw how well they could remember fake “routes.” Soon this research will be used to treat memory and brain diseases.
Finally, a cat got some legs. The cat was born without rear legs, and someone fell absolutely in love with him, and worked with a vet to develop little cat peg legs. The legs were custom 3D printed and then surgically embedded into his bone.
Soon cats and dogs will probably be able to use the internet…
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