GENPETS?!!?!

Discussion in 'Off Topic / Chit-Chat' started by SunnyP, 16 Sep 2008.

  1. SunnyP

    SunnyP Member

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    Has anyone heard about this, maybe, future product??

    www.genpets.com

    I think it sounds amazing and quite crazing how far techno has come
     
  2. Ed Seeley

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    Technology hasn't come this far. We can't control lifespans or create completely 'new' animals such as this. I don't know for sure what this is, but it isn't true now as represented on that site.

    Edit:
    After a quick Google search I found this...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genpet
     
  3. teg1203

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    Oh rats!! I've just bought two on eBay. :(
     
  4. SunnyP

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    Too good to be true as usual.
     
  5. Joecoral

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    I remember seeing these a year or so ago, a cool concept if it were possible. The ethical implications are rather iffy tho!
     
  6. LondonDragon

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    Why would anyone want one anyway?? Hideous things :p
     
  7. Ed Seeley

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    I can't see why anyone would want something like this. "a cool concept" and "Too good to be true"? More like thank god it isn't! And this is coming from someone with a background in genetics. I think wasting time on ideas like this would be not only a huge waste of time and money but an absolutely diabolical, disrespectful way to treat a living organism. Genetic engineering could be the best thing in the world or the worst thing to happen to mankind and allowing or even contemplating this kind of thing is definitely edging towards the wrong end. All of this is in my (probably very over-stated) opinion of course. It'd also give the eco-nuts even more reasons to say GE is the doom of the world when it really could save us from ourselves in many, many ways.
     
  8. teg1203

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    I think this is exactly what the artist is trying to do - create debate. I don't think anyone on the forum is trying to say that the "idea" of this is informed and acceptable. I can't comment on others but my comments were made with tongue firmly in cheek. The idea is well formed though, engaging the viewer as a consumer first and foremost with the packaging and robotics that simulate respiration. It's only when you take a step back and think that the abhorrence starts to kick in. A great bit of thought provoking installation art. :bored:
     

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