Decoding Pig Emotions With AI

A team of scientists—co-led by Elodie Briefer of the University of Copenhagen—has used an AI algorithm to translate acoustic characteristics within a pig’s grunts to determine how the animal is feeling. The aim of decoding these “oinks, snuffles, grunts and squeals” is to improve animal, and particularly livestock, wellbeing. As Briefer explains, “We have trained the algorithm to decode pig grunts. Now we need someone …

Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co

Each pound of beans sold gives one pooch a second chance

One morning in Santa Monica, CA coffee-lover Jordan Karcher happened upon a dog adoption event. With no initial preparation or planning, he walked home that same day with a malnourished dalmatian Molly. Inspired by the positive impact Molly has had on his life since their fortuitous meeting, Karcher set out to help other pooches in need through his love for coffee with Grounds & Hounds. …

Zee.Dog Leashes

Bold, bright dog gear from Brazil for pups with personality

While there’s an impressive offering of high-quality leashes four four-legged friends on the market, like RESQ/CO’s rope leash, sometimes a bit of attitude is what the dog park lacks. Recently launched Rio de Janeiro-based Zee.Dog creates high-quality dog products for the pups (and of course owners) who aren’t afraid to be bold. “We founded Zee.Dog on the basis of a necessity,” says founder Thadeu Diz, …