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Thu Nov 28, 2019, 08:09 PM

Russian dairy farmers gave cows VR goggles with hopes they would be happier and make better milk

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A farm just outside of Moscow is testing VR glasses for its cows, it says, in an effort to increase the quantity -- and quality -- of the milk produced.

That's according to a news release published Monday from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Moscow region. It came accompanied by photos of a cow trying out its fancy new goggles.

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So, a team of developers, with the help of veterinarians and consultants for dairy production, made some oversized VR glasses for cows. They adapted the human versions to account for cows' different head shapes and eyesight, the news release says. And then voila! Cow VR glasses.

And what were these cows experiencing with their new VR glasses? A wild, expansive field beneath the summer sun. A cow's (virtual) paradise.

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Reply Russian dairy farmers gave cows VR goggles with hopes they would be happier and make better milk (Original post)
brooklynite Nov 28 OP
uriel1972 Nov 28 #1
Quackers Nov 28 #10
Alithea Nov 28 #2
dewsgirl Nov 28 #3
Alithea Nov 28 #7
dewsgirl Nov 28 #12
Flaleftist Nov 28 #8
LSFL Nov 28 #4
doc03 Nov 28 #5
cojoel Nov 28 #6
Iterate Nov 28 #9
Sapient Donkey Nov 28 #11
Iterate Friday #13

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 08:34 PM

1. CYBERCOWS !!!!!!1111!!1!!!!11

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:27 PM

10. I hear Deven Nunes' Cow is already considering mooving. nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 08:51 PM

2. I wasn't sure how to feel about this...

 

Happy that the poor cows are at least offered a mirage of an expansive field beneath the summer sun ?
or
Sad that they're being raised in conditions where they won't experience it IRL and are offered the mirage only so that more and better milk could be extracted from them ?

Then I clicked through, and, OK, it says "a first test did reveal a decrease in anxiety and an increase in the emotional mood of the herd", and that cow with VR glasses is pretty darn cute, so I'm tending toward "happy".

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Response to Alithea (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 08:59 PM

3. I like your perspective.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 10:16 PM

7. Thanks. I'm feeling kinda down these days so I'm trying to wring out some positivity

 

from anywhere I can.

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Response to Alithea (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:38 PM

12. Keep it up, I need to get on that train with ya.

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Response to Alithea (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 10:40 PM

8. Low anxiety and improved moods could create a better quality meat.

Real Wagyu meat is very expensive and also very good. If a similar beef could be produced at a cheaper price, a lot of people would buy it instead of regular beef. Of course, diet is also a factor.

I have hopes for the future of lab grown meat. It's in its infancy. It is extremely expensive and doesn't exactly taste like it should, but there seems to be progress. Hopefully, it can eliminate the need for factory farms as we know them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:02 PM

4. The world is awash in stupidity

But at least the cow doesn't have to look at old man Ivan molesting the chickens. I heard at first that they showed the cows VR footage of a shirtless Putin. This proved to be counterproductive as after a brief exposure to Putin's raw masculinity (and dinner plate sized nipples...you're welcome for that image) their udders instantly morphed into scrotums and the teets became penises. Only by showing them pics of Tom Brady were the cows reverted to normal..

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:16 PM

5. Music in the barn helps so I have heard nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:54 PM

6. since they are Russian

I'm sure Devin wants one for his cow.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:23 PM

9. Russian cows are the first ones into the matrix?

Not how I expected it would play out.

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Response to Iterate (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:32 PM

11. Well, there was this



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Response to Sapient Donkey (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:35 AM

13. Somewhere I saw an application for VR and AI being developed

that would use film or video - where the images were complete enough - to build a complete scene or recording of an event. AI is used to fill in blanks and allow complete interactive viewing angles.

That's amazing enough, but the WOW comes in when you realize your home movies, historical events, or sporting events could be rendered so that you could be there, for example, walking around in the scene of your first birthday party.

I actually hope the dog thing happens. A chewed $1k headset was my first thought. But pranking my brother by slipping in a dog's view of endless fire hydrants was so much better.

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