(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...


Wednesday, June 21, 2006
If Tamagotchis were the first step in socialising kids into embracing genetically engineered cute-as-hell pets, then the new Genpets are the next. Describe as:
mass produced Bio-engineered pets ... Each pet comes pre-packaged as a fully self-contained unit. Genpets? learn and adapt. They are fully living pets, but better, modified to be as reliable, dependable and efficient as any other 'technology' we use in our busy lives.

The posters certainly celebrate the 'alive' status of these little creatures...

And this picture just reminds me of the humanfarms in The Matrix ...

Of course, they look pretty unattractive to me! (But, then again, people have ferrets and rats as pets, so these will no doubt find a niche).

[NB: Yes, this is an art project, not a real product/creature/thing. Effective, isn't it? :)]

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At 6/21/2006 01:15:00 pm, Anonymous Andrew Leigh said...

One of the episodes in the 2006 Dr Who series features a "disease farm", that looks uncannily like that image.

At 6/21/2006 01:17:00 pm, Blogger Tama said...

You're right, I could definitely see genpets underneath New Earth!

At 6/22/2006 07:03:00 am, Blogger CW said...


Good to meet you yesterday Tama, look forward to hearing/reading more from you :)

At 6/25/2006 10:47:00 pm, Anonymous tmz_99 said...

hmmmm... I don't think that will quite be the case. genetics has always played a huge role in the selection of pets; with dogs breeds such as the bulldog have been genetically bred to be aesthetically pleasing over their own ability to give birth un-aided.
I can only summise that this trend will continue and at one point speed up, although I do not think that the animals in question will at any point in the near future be humanoid. I believe this would make them too close to human for anybody's liking and would stir up a bevvy of legislation; something the makes of 'genpets' would try to avoid.

At 6/29/2006 06:25:00 am, Blogger TheRenYouKnow said...

I... oooh. No. No thanks. Creeped out completely. Thanks Tama.


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