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Researchers at St Louis University in Missouri found that a friendly dog can make nursing home residents feel less isolated. And so can AIBO, Sony’s robot dog. “The most surprising thing is they worked almost equally well in terms of alleviating loneliness and causing residents to form attachments,” Dr. William Banks said. Plus the robo-dog doesn’t need to be walked, won’t shed — okay, maybe a few iron filings here and there, doesn’t eat smelly dog food, and won’t leave anything on the floor to be scooped up. Unfortunately for lonely seniors who want a carefree companion, Sony discontinued the robo-pet two years ago.

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