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Jun. 26, 2017 8:01 am

A neural network named these 9 guinea pigs

Adopt “Mompkans,” “Astrono” or “Biinscheklesseon” at the King of Prussia PetSmart.

The neural network named these cuties Fizby and Sprinket.

(Courtesy photo)

When Denver-based researcher Janelle Shane used artificial intelligence to name a few guinea pigs for the Portland Guinea Pig Rescue, folks at the Morris Animal Shelter got serious fomo.

It all started, as many things do these days, with a Twitter thread.

“We were trying to think up cute, appealing, eye-catching names for nine adorable guinea pigs someone surrendered last week, when I happened to see this thread between Chuck Wendig and Eric Geller about an AI naming guinea pigs for Portland Guinea Pig Rescue,” said Dan Solomon, outreach coordinator at the Washington West shelter.

Solomon, who also helps run social media for the organization, jumped in the thread mentioning the little critters they had just received.

“Didn’t necessarily think anything would come of it, but then Shane very kindly replied with a list of 12 wonderful names — with extras just in case a few didn’t take.”

And of course, the artificial intelligence platform delivered greatly. Meet some of the newly christened animals, which we have rated in the stylings of WeRateDogs™.

Astrono. (Courtesy photo)

Astrono. Sagacious af. 14/10, would stare at for hours at a time.

Dandy, just chillin'.

Dandy. Ever so vigilant. 13/10, would protect from a rabid dog attack, but he wouldn’t need it.

Biinshecklesseon

Biinshecklesseon. Slightly European but has adopted well to our odd American ways. 12/10

Spooty and Snofer.

Spooty and Snofer. A mischievous duo with lots of startup ideas. 15/10 would conspire with.

Mumpkans. A napmaster with the ever-present desire to just chill. 14/10 would sync up naps with.

Mumpkans. A napmaster with the ever-present desire to just chill. 14/10 would sync up naps with.

Fizby and Sprinket. A lovable pair with a keen awareness of human rights violations across South America. 12/10, would interview.

Fizby and Sprinket. A lovable pair with a keen awareness of human rights violations across South America. 12/10, would interview.

Anyone who wants to adopt the very cute critters can head over to the King of Prussia PetSmart, which is holding the guinea pigs for the Morris Refuge due to limited space.

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