Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dog 2.0

A randomly selected purebred border collie associates sounds with objects, and perhaps sound permutations with objects and actions.

There are mid-sized dog breeds that live as long as 25 years. Given low cost whole genome sequencing, we could create a dog breed a 25 year lifespan and enhanced communication skills.

To develop greater language skills within a short time period would probably take some germline engineering. Maybe in 10 years we'll be able to do the germline engineering.

So does dog 2.0 get to vote in 2060?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Smartest dog I ever owned. You really could just talk to her. We have a Aussie pup now, not a border collie, but a very sweet dog. Interesting article.