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I think we are connected to the world by Biochemistry first and then physical and verbal interactions. If a robot feeds a dog regularly, pampers it and cuddles it regularly, would it develop the same feeling to the dog as it would have developed with a human? A sci-fi robot like Ultron from Avenger movie.

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  • $\begingroup$ Somewhat of a bad question due to being vague about the type of robot. Are you referring to modern-tech robots or sci-fi robots with human intelligence more than sufficient to ace the Turing test? Is the robot you have in mind specifically designed to look like a human? $\endgroup$ – user1258361 Oct 19 '18 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ chemistry first and then physical and verbal interactions. This is unclear. You are probably not using the terms "chemistry" and "physics" as used in science. So please define them. $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Oct 19 '18 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ the same relation is unclear. Will the dog have the same feeling of awe when thinking of the algorithm that is governing the robot's behaviour. No, it cannot understand it. Will the dog appreciate the presence of the robot. Yes, eventually. It also appreciate its bed and many other objects though. $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Oct 19 '18 at 16:31
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about biology but about pet psychology. Also, the question is unclear and any answer would necessarily be drawn from opinion rather than evidence. $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Oct 19 '18 at 16:32
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Assuming you mean a robot "designed to be human" (that means human-like behavior patterns, human-comparable intelligence, being self-aware and able to learn), then from the dog's perspective, the only significant difference is the differing smell.

There is no scientific evidence for mystical or metaphysical "connections to the world".

From the dog's perspective, the defining factors are:

Owner's behavior (petting, feeding, walking, training, rewards for good behavior or learning tricks). In this case, the robot is no different from the human.

Owner's speech (voiceprint). There's evidence that dogs understand human speech to some extent (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dogs-can-understand-human-speech-scientists-say-a7216481.html). Given how adaptable organic brains are, I assume a dog would be able to adapt to even a synthetic (digitally altered) voiceprint over time or one that spoke in a conspicuously robotic manner (for example: "Temperature alert. Please fetch an external cooling fan./Your assistance above your designated specifications continues to be noted." instead of "It's getting hot in here. Grab a soda from the fridge over there?/Good dog!"

Owner's scent. The only real difference from a dog's perspective. A robot would lack the distinctive scent cues from a human, except if the robot was designed to produce those as well. Even if those aren't present, a dog should be able to adapt to a robotic owner's distinctive smell (plastic with motor oil and a hint of ozone).

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  • $\begingroup$ Hello! This question was deemed worth of an answer, so why not upvote it? Vote early, vote often to encourage new users and keep the community alive! $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Oct 19 '18 at 20:24

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