Dog Gone

The Retrofuturist Chronicles

Dec 17 2020 • 18 mins

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When her neighbor winds up in the hospital, Miranda agrees to take care of her Great Dane, only to lose the dog the moment she opens the door to feed him. Not only is she panicking about the dog, she’s worried what her elderly neighbor will think.

It doesn’t exactly help when her beloved, and kooky, aunt relates a dire tale of dognapping. In another valiant attempt to distract her niece from a meltdown, Aunt Natalie recalls how the dognaper was thwarted by technology in the form of a speaker, attached to a dog’s vest, that had been programmed to interpret various sounds the dog makes: two quick barks, a growl, a howl. Each sound would trigger the speaker to play a pre-programmed message so that anyone in within hearing distance, could provide needed assistance.

To Miranda’s relief, the Great Dane hadn’t been stolen. He’d simply missed his owner and was desperate to find her.

The episode concludes with SAP executives discussing how the telecommunications industry is evolving to support not only humans’ ubiquitous interactions with things like 5G, IoT, AI, and ML, but also real ways for service dogs to interact with technology.

Produced by SAP.

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