Op-ed: Why are states chasing away robot dogs?

Sony recently re-released an updated version of aibo, the robotic dog it sold from 1999 to 2006. The “canine” is built and designed for companionship, using artificial intelligence to remember different people. It also recognizes how they react to its behavior, enabling it to respond based on what makes them happy.

While this may never replace the warmth of true puppy love, it’s just the latest example of how technology is creating new options for consumers. Those who are physically unable to care for or be around a dog can now have an (albeit limited) alternative. Similar products are even being used to provide comfort to dementia patients. In aibo’s case, there’s just one catch: Depending on what state you’re in, you may not be able to buy one…

Read the full op-ed as it was published by MSN.com.

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