Sept. 30, 2022

Sit, Stay, Speak...with Buttons! with Leo Trottier | The Long Leash #61

Sit, Stay, Speak...with Buttons! with Leo Trottier | The Long Leash #61

Wouldn’t it be great if talking to your dog was as easy as pressing a button? Well now, it is!

Do dogs have abstract thoughts? What do they dream about? Do they understand us? Do they know each other’s names? We have so many questions!

And lately, it seems, we may be getting answers … from dogs themselves.

Cognitive scientist Leo Trottier is confirming what dog lovers already suspect: our pets have complex inner lives and can directly communicate with humans. He is gathering evidence for his hypothesis using recordable communication buttons.

Leo is the CEO of Clever Path. His company has developed a tool dog parents use to record commands like “outside” or “playtime” into an easy-to-press button. There is no limit to the number of buttons that can be added, nor the “conversations” you can have with your dog.

In this interview, Leo shares the science behind these talking buttons and the psychology of communication. He also shares what he hopes will come next in his research. 

With new technology on the horizon, getting a text message from your dog while at work isn’t so far-fetched.

About Leo Trottier

Leo Trottier is a unique blend of cognitive scientist, software engineer, product designer, and entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO of CleverPet, a startup that uses smart hardware to teach pets automatically through advanced cognitive and behavioral science techniques. Leo is an alumnus of San Diego’s EvoNexus and the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator (powered by Techstars). He has a degree from the cognitive science and A.I. program at the University of Toronto, and started CleverPet while a PhD candidate at UC San Diego. Before CleverPet, Leo ran Scholarpedia, Wikipedia’s academic equivalent, where he worked with Nobel Laureates to “wikify scholarly canons.”

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