The Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia teamed up with research scientist Janelle Shane, who trains neural networks, a type of machine learning algorithm, to name cats, and the results are hilarious. She originally trained a network by giving it 8,000 cat names to learn from, but the AI stumbled, giving out names like Hurler and Retchion. Shane revisited the challenge with an AI that had a lot more context and trained it up with a long list of cat names. This time around, it was (somewhat) more successful, coming up with names like Sparky Buttons, Tom Glitter, and Pompompur. For more about this project, visit

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day, on Monday, we told you about the new Assisi Loop Air and Atom therapy pads, on Tuesday, we took a behind the scenes look at what goes into the making of Sleepypod carriers, on Wednesday, we shared stories of how the Brodie Fund helps cats with cancer, on Thursday, we told you how you can participate in a study about how cats and humans play, and on Friday, we reviewed The Feline CEO.

Today’s video of two kitties cuddling is so sweet – I find that watching it instantly relaxes me. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Photo via Morris Animal Refuge

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2 Comments on Mews and Nips: Neural AI Network is Naming Cats, and The Results are Hilarious

  1. Well, well if isn’t Tom Glitter and Whiskeridoo; what fabulous, fabulous names for two gorgeous cats. I bet these two cats could tell all of us a story or two about their exciting adventures in the world. Both are precious precious felines and one could definitely have sweet exciting dreams about the two. I’m so very very happy to meet you both and I hope with all my heart you both take good care of yourselves and make sure the world treats you both in a special special way.

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