What can we learn from Animals using Technologies?

Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas (Aalto University)

Recently, more animals are using technologies in their everyday life: from cows using robots to milk themselves, to dogs using screen devices to call for help, and monkeys using systems to listen to music. But – what can we learn from animals using these technology systems? In my talk, I will map out the field of animal technology systems, framing what we can learn from animals using computers, and where the future of this research is heading.

Presentation slides: PowerPoint with videos and notes; PDF


  • Roosa Piitulainen and Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas. 2020. Music for Monkeys: Building Methods to Design with White-Faced Sakis for Animal-Driven Audio Enrichment Devices. Animals. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10101768
  • Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas and Janet C. Read. 2018. ­­­­­­­­­­DoggyVision: Examining how Dogs (Canis familiaris) Interact with Media using a Dog-Driven Proximity Tracker Device. Journal of Animal Behaviour and Cognition. https://doi.org/10.26451/abc.

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