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Using AI to Name Kittens

Posted June 15, 2019 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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Perhaps appealing to a demographic composed of cat lovers tired of traditional cat names like Buttons or Tickles, an animal shelter in Philadelphia is turning to artificial intelligence to name kittens up for adoption.

In collaboration with the city's Morris Animal Refuge, researcher Janelle Shane trained a neural network, or a set of algorithms that recognize patterns, on a list of 8,000 cat names to generate ones for the kittens up for adoption at the shelter.

The first naming attempts resulted in suggestions like Trickles and Hurler, which Shane thought were unsuitable.

Hmm….

Although the second attempt, provided with additional context, generated more fitting results, with the shelter opting for AI-generated names like Pompompur, Starmaker and Whiskeridoo, the system also generated unusual, and potentially ominous, monikers like Tom Glitter, Notion, Constipation, Gangrene, Meatbag, Kill All Humans and Bones of the Master.

Unusual and inappropriate though it may seem, the naming convention appears to be working, as one of the cats, which the AI named Mr. Sinister, has already been adopted.

Currently, the AI-named kittens are available for adoption at the Morris Animal Refuge.

An aside: Am I the only one here dying to see which person makes an instant connection with the cat called Meatbag?

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06/15/2019 11:30 AM

We should be using AI to tell us how to eliminate cats...

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06/15/2019 10:43 PM

Or better yet, to eliminate people too dumb to come up with their own cat names.

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06/16/2019 12:00 PM

"... the system also generated unusual, and potentially ominous, monikers like Tom Glitter, Notion, Constipation, Gangrene, Meatbag, Kill All Humans and Bones of the Master."

"Kill All Humans"?

See, maybe we do have something to fear from AI...

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06/16/2019 2:18 PM

Ah, yes, computers are good at using numbers: Kitty#1, Kitty#2, Kitty#3, etc.

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06/16/2019 4:14 PM

Claimed Elton John lookalike and his cat Lord Farlington who has amassed a great fortune in cat toys....

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06/20/2019 8:44 PM

There's only one important criterion for a cat name. You have to be comfortable standing on your back steps and calling that name repeatedly at dusk, for all the world to hear. Would an AI be able to understand that?

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06/25/2019 5:09 AM

It's not until one lives next door to a dog named "Kinky", after her kinky tail, that one understands how important that concept is...

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