Watch this AI help train a dog—and reward him with a treat

By Mark Sullivan

Jason Stock and Tom Cavey, a couple of grad students at Colorado State University, created an AI system that can “see” if a dog is sitting, standing, or lying down in response to a command. If the dog does the right thing, the AI system dispenses a treat. The system is powered by Nvidia’s Jetson edge-AI platform. Here it is in action.


Stock and Cavey believe their invention may work as a dog trainer’s aid or a behavior coach for house dogs. “We’ve demonstrated the potential for a future product to come out of this,” Stock said.

An algorithm tossing treats to a pup might be amusing—but it’s also a pointer toward a future where AI and bots will do all sorts of useful things in the home.

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