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We already know about voice recognition. Now imagine what will happen if we create Pet voice recognition.
It can be done with todays technology, it will be really simple for those who develop it. Put a tiny wireless microphone connected to the computer in the pet's neck belt (for freedom of movement). Put a wireless speaker phone head set on you connected to the computer. Record all the things that your pet does after a certain sound it makes. If the matching sound already exists in the database then the program should tell you what the pet is going to do. After a period the pet will learn what to expect from you when it does a certain sound.
Maybe you will start chatting with it?