Genpets Hoax Debunked
Science is brought the world of bioengineering closer to us than it has ever been before. We can splice genes into plants and animals to have them potentially provide more health benefits. Mothers can have children today when it wasn’t always medically possible in the past because of certain health conditions. Because of the advancements in bioengineering, it seems very plausible that having bioengineered pets would be the next step in the process. The only problem is that Genpets are not real. It is a hoax through exposure that deserves to be debunked.
What Are the Genpets and Why Is This Still Believed?
Genpets is actually a work of art that is considered a mixed-media installation. It comes from the imagination of the artist Adam Brandejs. This collection has been shown throughout Canada and Europe in multiple art galleries and because it is so different, it has collected a lot of the from local media sources.
In looking at the artwork, you can see that the artists sculpted and then automated the creatures through the use of plastic and Latex – combined with housed robotic circuitry. The intention of the artwork was to make it look like they would be on display for sale as bioengineered creatures that could be purchased as pets. When you look at the products, it is easy to see how that could be mistaken as something that is real.
After all, the description on the product states that they are not toys or robots, but living and breathing genetic animals.
It is one of the best marketing gimmicks that has been created for a new product in some time. That doesn’t change the fact that these are basically just toys and that there are 19 units that are touring fine art galleries and museums around the world today. There aren’t any Genpets that are in the hands of consumers right now.
Have You Ever Tried to Purchase a Genpet?
The storefront looks pretty good when you access the primary Genpets website. Everything looks authentic. The only problem is that you can’t actually buy the products that are listed for sale on the website. When you attempt to checkout, you are given an error message that says that the company is still developing its connections and relations with resellers as they get the approval to sell the product.
So why create something that is designed to fool people into believing that it is a bioengineered pet? According to the artist, the idea was to get people thinking about what bioengineering could be like in the future and how they felt about the direction of the science. Would you be willing to purchase a pet that was bioengineered? Is bioengineering even an ethical science to pursue?
In the end, as the evidence shows, these supposed products are nothing more than an elaborate hoax that deserves to be debunked.