In the computer world, there’s something called open source where people or companies give away their source code or blueprints for creating something. That’s why Rongzhong Li, an assistant professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, decided to create a robotic cat that’s open source called OpenCat.
Li said he chose a cat for a robot because “They look mysterious and philosophical, yet will do a lot of hilarious things. It’s like the status of today’s AI technology. I don’t have to ensure the robot humbly responds to human instructions every time. People may think, ‘Well… she hears me but just doesn’t care. Like my cat.’”