Brett Dawson Fantasy

One of the challenges I am always faced with is how to make something sound convincing enough without being accused of science-fiction or fantasy. This is a lovely idea, but is a bit close to fantasy - even if it is dated way out in the 2020-30's. I'd believe the "breathing fire" part only if it was developed and funded by the military!

GeneTech sounds too commercial to get involved in diabolical creations like this. I don't think the unicorn is too far fetched and I can imagine another timeline item like this: "In 2014 GeneTech brought you the Unicorn Mark I" (very close to a horse) and then explain how a "genejump" and a few new breakthrough techniques helped to develop the non-horse side of the creature into more of a fantasy product. For example, the horse could have wings, be called Pegasus - but the wings aren't functional and probably never will be unless there is another serious breakthrough.

Posted: 30 May 2006 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke Military funding

I'm quite sure that the military was behind this! They provided the funding to develop tiny flying drones to keep tabs on 'the enemy'. These were insect-like cyborgs that became pervasive, and not just in theatres of war. Large corporations were accused of using a combination of biotech and nanotech to develop almost invisible drones (smart dust!?) to study consumer behavior.

The most successful new product launch of 2025 was a kind of insecticide spray that would kill off any 'smart drones' in your immediate environment - and recycle the remains to be used as garden fertilizer. The product was in itself a new genetically engineered swarm of nano-machines that would gather up the remains into a sticky goo-ball and then prepare and package the fertilizer pellets....right in front of your eyes.

Is there no end to this????
Posted: 6 July 2006 at 00:00

Doug Vining Designer pets

Craig Venter creates first synthetic life form Making a new species of bacteria with an email address encoded in its DNA is the first step to designer exotic pets. How long until we see the scenario described in this MindBullet?
Posted: 21 May 2010 at 10:01

Doug Vining When is a robot an animal?

When you make a gadget that moves, and you can control it, then it's a machine, right? Like a robot. But if the things that make it move are muscle tissue, bits of living organisms, then it's an animal, not so? Neither - it's a biohybrid. Expect to see more of these short-lived 'creatures' emerging from the lab. I wonder if they will ever perfect the dragon we wrote about ten years ago?
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Posted: 13 July 2016 at 14:39
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