Doting boxer cares for eight needy piglets as her own

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A litter of rescue piglets is motherless no more, thanks to a boxer named Treasure who’s taken the group under her care.

Per Australia’s 9News, the unlikely family resides at Spectrum Plants in Wongawallan, Queensland, a plant nursery and petting zoo owned by Wes Trevor. 

As Trevor tells 9News, Treasure took to the group of needy, malnourished piglets immediately. Since allowing them to nurse, Treasure and her piglets have been inseparable. 

Although it’s unusual for a boxer to nurse piglets, Trevor says he has the blessings of a veterinarian. Read more…

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Whiskey, Alexa, and me: A night alone in the woods with digital assistants

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I thought it would be fun. A night in the woods with two of the most recognizable AI in the world. There were no distractions: no TV screens, books, laptops, or other human beings. My phone was in airplane mode. 

It was just me, a bottle of moderately priced whiskey, a tiny cabin filled with tchotchkes, and my robot friends Google Home and Amazon Echo. 

At home, I use these devices all the time: as alarm clocks, for weather reports, and to play music. And as the “internet of things” grows, we’re likely going to be constantly interacting with digital assistants to control TVs, vacuums, smart lightbulbs, and murderous sex robots (O.K., maybe that last one’s a stretch).  Read more…

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