Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles

David Wagner, Managing Editor | 5/23/2014 | 69 comments

David Wagner
Most of us have gone through the pain of losing a beloved pet. Maybe you lived a long and happy life together, and it died peacefully. Maybe it was tragically struck down by a car or a disease. Maybe you accidentally shot it with your finger:

Whatever the reason, losing a pet can be a tragic loss, one that can take months or years to recover from. We do many things to try to grieve and recover. Many of us have multiple pets and take extra time to hug the ones who still reward our lives. We might spend more time with family or friends. One great way to help recover is to have a pet funeral like this one. (On a side note, this thing only had 56 views when I linked to it. Don’t tell me I don’t go to the ends of the Earth to find you fresh and awesome stuff.):

Sometimes that kind of grieving isn’t enough. Even after you’ve reflected on the idea of peeing on your dead pet, you might remember the good old days before they unceremoniously floated there in the toilet. And you might think about what a great thing it would be to have that wonderful pet back in your life. You may even consider cloning.

Pet cloning services like this one in South Korea have been in business off and on for 10 years as companies work with the business model. For $100,000 you can have a copy made of your pet, like the way you back up your data in the cloud.

But let’s face it, some of us are worried about this happening:

So what is a desperate grieving pet owner supposed to do?

A new app called PetMatch will help you. Can’t afford a clone, but willing to take your chances on centuries of inbreeding helping your pet look much like others of its breed? PetMatch will use roughly the same technology as facial recognition software to find a match for your pet waiting to be adopted in a shelter or store near you. You just upload a picture of your precious Spot or Mittens, and the app compares details like fur color, eye spacing, snout shape, and possibly propensity to bark at the mail carrier to find you a perfect copy of your flea-bitten darling without the fuss of borrowing $100,000 for a clone.

There’s only one problem, right? We’ve all seen Pet Sematary and know how this turns out.

OK, maybe you don’t replace your beloved pet with an undead, frightening version of your old pet, but it is still creepy, right? If your husband dies, you wouldn’t just automatically marry his identical twin, right? I mean, unless you were in a bad sitcom...

Here's a newsflash for the people making this app: Just because they look the same, they aren’t the same dog.

Your dog is special because it loves to see you when you come home. It has that special leg twitch when you scratch its ears. Your cat is special because, unlike all the other humans it hopes die a horrible death, it lets you pet it occasionally in exchange for food. The new dog won’t be happy you come home. It doesn’t know you. The new cat will simply want to claw your eyes out.

Sure, eventually they might learn to love you. But they won’t love you the same way. They’ll love you the way they love you, not the way the dead look-alike loved you. That only happens on Telenovelas when they kill off a character and want to bring the actor back as a twin. If you want a new dog to love, that’s great. If you want the same breed, fine. But isn’t it a little creepy, and most likely really disappointing, to try to find the same dog in another body? The problem here is that this app treats love like a commodity.

If you love a pet, you love the quirks and the details, not the fact that its eyes are a certain distance apart. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, except the people who just invested $20 million dollars to make an app that finds you cheap copies of your pet, that that isn’t the way love works.

What do you think? Flush this app down the toilet with the dead fish? Or a useful way to find a new pet? Would you clone a pet? How do you grieve for lost pets? And share a picture of your beloved pets (living and dead) in the comments below.

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ProgMan   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 6:34:00 AM
The App?
Not sure about the app, but I think you spend way too much time on YouTube David!
Pedro Gonzales   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 9:43:35 AM
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@Progman.  hahaha. David where do you come it with these videos.  You know what will be better. create a digital clone of your decease pet and put it in a tomagatchi.  That way a person can continue to love their pet forever without any of the inconvenience.
Susan Nunziata   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 11:27:08 AM
Re: The App?
@Pedro: Now THAT is a killer app.

 
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 12:25:06 PM
Re: The App?
@Pedro- The problem with the tomagatchi is that it isn't soft and fuzzy. Otherwise, I'm with you. :)
StaceyE   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 11:10:00 AM
Re: The App?
Hahaha! Lot's of time on Youtube!! I actually really enjoyed these videos and the post.

Now the app...yes, it should be fluched down the toilet with that poor fish!

You can get another animal that LOOKS kie the one you lost, but they will not be the same.
Susan Nunziata   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 11:28:56 AM
Re: The App?
@StaceyE: 100% agree. That's just creepy. Although I do know people who get the same breed of dog year after year after year. These same people also typically date a series of human companions who look alarmingly alike. I guess some people do prefer  style over substance...
StaceyE   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/24/2014 11:37:43 AM
Re: The App?
@ Susan

Very good point. My sister-in-law and her husband are a good example of this. They have had basset hounds for years, if one passes they go find a new puppy. They have three of them now. =)
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 12:27:18 PM
Re: The App?
@stacyE- Thanks. We aim to serve. My favorite thing about it is that the girl who made the video is going to wonder why so many IT professionals are watching her fish funeral now. :)
StaceyE   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/24/2014 11:45:16 AM
Re: The App?
@ David,

I am sure she was thrilled when she saw her view count rising!!
Susan Nunziata   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 11:26:40 AM
Re: The App?
@ProgMan: Haha! yes, I'm going to have to have a word with Dave's supervisor about that.

Actually, I'm going to see if I can train my pets to perform academy award-winning death scenes when I point my finger-gun at them. That video was just plain awesome.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 12:23:52 PM
Re: The App?
@progman- It is all for you, my friend. All for you.
Susan Nunziata   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 11:32:57 AM
Anything to help pet adoption
The only way I can see this app having any value to society is in helping to find homes for shelter pets. If someone is that obsessed with a certain type of pet, and this app can scan shelter pets nationwide to help them find a match and give some little critter a forever home, then I'm all for it.

Other than that, the whole idea of trying to find a new pet that looks just like the dead one completely creeps me out.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 12:29:48 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Susan- yes, and they trumpet the idea of saving shelter pets. And that's great. I guess what i should have done is featured an app that helps you find the right shelter pet without the creepy clone aspect. Here's a site that does just that: https://www.petango.com/

 
Broadway   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 2:56:42 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Susan, I agree. The plus side = helping pets get adopted. But the negative is way too creepy to compensate. People, move on! Maybe even try a completely different type of animal after a loved one dies. Go from a dog to a ferret. A cat to a chimp. A spider to an iguana!
Susan Nunziata   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 3:05:16 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Broadway: I like the idea of switching to a whole new species, though in reality I dont' think I could ever go from a dog to a ferret. All due respect to ferrets, I just love pooches too much and will always want at least one in my life. Not that it's an either-or proposition. Maybe a dog AND a ferret someday--and I will train them both to fall over and play dead together and then post it on YouTube.
Zaius   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 10:03:31 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Susan N, you are right. I have hardly seen anyone who had lots of cats, and one day switched to all dogs. People ususally add another species, do not replace them.
stotheco   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/25/2014 1:09:09 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
Lol, true. But if something drastic compels them to, like say an allergy of some sort, then I wouldn't be surprised either.
stotheco   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/25/2014 1:09:02 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Susan, true. It's a matter of preference and really, your lifestyle too. If you have an active lifestyle and want to do some activities with your pet, then you should choose a species that can (literally) keep up with you.
Broadway   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/25/2014 9:49:33 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Susan, I suppose if you can't do the ferret, at least try a different kind of dog --- drastically different. Poodle to rott, or some switch like that.
Anand   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 6:40:04 AM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
It is so devastating when you loose your pet and this is because we usually grow so attached to them and take them as our own. To some it is even the same degree as loosing a loved one. It is true that we notice the nutty gritty details in our pet like how they twitch their legs and how they play around when they notice our presence. Pets are like babies. Pet adoption is ideal because even if we get a different dog from the one we had, we will be able to adopt and take care of another pet that is looking to be nurtured.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 1:11:27 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Susan- Train the ferret to ride the dog, and then train it to jump off when it is shot like in a movie. And then train a mouse to ride the ferret. It would be youtube gold.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 1:08:48 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
@Broadway- I think that cat to chimp transition would be really tough. Maybe we need an appf or that.
Nicky48   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 7:27:18 PM
Re: Anything to help pet adoption
What a very creepy and silly subject - from a non-pet owner !
Susan Nunziata   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 11:35:42 AM
I prefer variety
As you can clearly see from my two beloved doggies below:


Susan Nunziata   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 11:38:51 AM
Inter-species harmony
I'm also firmly convinced that we all can get along, cats & dogs allike:


David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/23/2014 12:30:41 PM
Re: Inter-species harmony
Is it just the perspective or is your cat larger than the dog? That looks like a giant Godzilla of a cat. :)
stotheco   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/25/2014 1:08:05 PM
Re: Inter-species harmony
This looks like a familiar scene: my parent's den, where cats and dogs are loved equally by all. ;-) Thank you for sharing such a lovely pic!
LuFu   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/24/2014 1:59:28 PM
Dog Doppelganger
I wonder if there are any restrictions for cloning your dog while the original was still alive.

Would Fido I have any identity problems sharing their dog bowl with their lookalike, Fido II? When playing Frisbee, would the two fight over grabbing it and bringing it back to you? And then there's the whole dating issue. It could get very confusing for the little Trixie the Yorkie when she's trying to figure out which hound is sniffing her rear.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 1:21:28 PM
Re: Dog Doppelganger
@lufu- I don't know. All dogs of similar breeds look alike to me, but even with sharing DNA I'm guessing dogs can tell the difference. DNA goes a long way but environment and diet and all sorts of things will mak them different even if they live together, I'd assume.
SunitaT   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/26/2014 11:16:06 AM
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Losing a pet is a very sad experience. However, the fact that you have lost your favorite pet does not necessarily mean that you should clone it. This is because the cloned pet will not fill the gap of the dead pet due to a number of facts such as the character. I think that when a pet owner really wants to replace a dead or lost pet, he or she should opt for the pet match application as opposed to cloning which is very expensive. 
Anand   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/26/2014 11:39:18 AM
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Losing a pet is a very sad experience. However, the fact that you have lost your favorite pet does not necessarily mean that you should clone it. This is because the cloned pet will not fill the gap of the dead pet due to a number of facts such as the character.

@SunitaT, I totally agree with you. May be cloned pet can look similar to the old pet but still it will have different behavioural features. I think pet owners should understand this fact and should avoid cloning their pets.
SaneIT   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 7:32:11 AM
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Agreed, I don't think cloning a pet makes much sense.  If they were a great pet let that be and remember them fondly.  Just because the pet is genetically identical to a former pet does not mean they are the same animal.  They may have some of the same traits but I would expect behavior to be different and even personality since some of that is a result of nurturing not genetics.
CMTucker   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 12:21:17 PM
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@SaneIT I would agree with you on that. There was some research released a week or so ago (at least that was what was in the press) that evolution seems to be complete happenstance...that one variable can widely change the outcomes. It seems that evolution to this point couldn't be repeated.

So too, your pooch wouldn't possibly be the same pooch regardless of genes.
Broadway   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 11:09:21 PM
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@CMTucker, you get into some heady territory there with evolution and cloning. It's interesting, because someone who does not "believe" in evolution may think that cloning could then deliver them an exact match ... then again, they may not believe in cloning either.
CMTucker   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/28/2014 1:17:18 PM
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@Broadway it's an interesting idea, that really leans on the "Butterfly Effect" and has been shown to be a valid theory...for now. 

Well I don't want to get into a religious debate, those that don't believe and then clone are kind of exercising their "Intelligent Design."
eethtworkz   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 12:24:51 PM
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Broadway,

Undoubtedly this is very much a Grey Area with a lot of Ifs and Buts.

The way I look at this issue is like this-As long as its safe and does'nt really harm other people around (by not creating Monsters like we have seen in the Movies);I have no issues with it.

Live and Let live feels like a nice model.

Does'nt it?

 
SaneIT   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/28/2014 7:07:22 AM
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At first I really didn't understand why someone would want to clone a pet because for me it is as much the personality of the animal that makes endearing to me but I guess when people are grieving that even the image of a pet can be comforting.  I just wonder how many give the pet the same name and how many quirks they will overlook because they really want that pet to be the one they lost.   Cloning people would be even less accurate since we tend to take on traits from peers, leaders, media and more.  
Anand   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/28/2014 11:46:57 AM
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Most people who have pets take care of them and love them. It goes without say that the loss of this pet can be a saddening and aggravating experience forcing their owners to even go to extreme measures such as cloning and using online websites such us pet match to have them  back. What they don't realize is that they don't get  back  the same pet  they  lost.
vnewman   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 1:13:10 PM
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@SaneIT - The first thing I did when I graduated from college was move out of my parents house and buy a cat (back then I don't even think they had organized adoptions - you went to the pet store).  Her name was Mercedes and she lived for 19 years.  I'm an only child and she was my buddy - she was with me through all those formative young adult years.  That cat saw a lot of crazy things - she knew where all the bodies were buried so to speak.

When she died a couple of years ago, I was devastated.  I had long thought about cloning her even before it was a realisitc possibility.  Last year, I felt I was ready to be a pet owner again and thought I would want a kitty that looked just like her - long black hair with green eyes.  So at the time, I would have been all over this app.

But at the end of the day I realized the best way to honor my kitty was to adopt another one that needed a good home and understand that there is no replacing my old friend and nor would I want to.  She was unique and special.

I ended up adopting two sister kitties who I named Kate (like the Dutchess) and Pippa (her wild sister).  They are nothing like Mercedes Cat - Siamese with big blue eyes.  Their personalities are very different as well.  Plus, since they have each other, they don't seem to need me as much as my single cat.  And that's ok.  And as much as I miss my buddy, I've learned to appreciate my new kitties for what they are. 

So I think this app should come with a disclaimer...the best way to honor what you had is to move forward and appreciate what you have now.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 6:58:16 PM
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@vnewman- The real question is-- how do the cats feel about all the paparazzi? :)
vnewman   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/30/2014 12:23:11 PM
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Joe Stanganelli   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   6/1/2014 4:29:39 AM
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@Dave: Come to think of it, white cats are often blind... I wonder how/if flash photography has contributed to that. 
SaneIT   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/30/2014 7:56:43 AM
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I spent years fostering retired greyhounds and watching as dogs came off the track and moved to new homes.  For me it was very enlightening to see how different their personalities were even though they lived the same very structured life and many had common parents or grandparents.  I couldn't imagine a cloned version of any of them being just like the original because they are all so different.  I'm not saying that if someone wants to spend the money to have a pet that looks exactly like a former pet is a waste of money but I think they need to be aware that it's not like resurrecting their pet from the dead.
impactnow   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/30/2014 11:37:00 AM
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Sane exactly it's like siblings they share the same gene set and can be completely different. While cloning can get you a look alike it may not get you all that you are missing...sometimes it's just time to move on.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 1:29:05 PM
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@saneIT- agreed, but sadly the cloning sites hedge on the truth there. They say things like (paraphasing here) "what formed your dog's personality is interaction with you so if it has the same genes and it is the same interactions it should come out the same." I find that slightly dubious. Your life and the dogs' lives have likely changed a lot from when you have the first to when you bring in the clone.
CMTucker   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 12:22:20 PM
CMTucker
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@Anand what if you don't like the clone? How big of a disapointment would THAT be!?
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 1:33:23 PM
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@cmtucker- I would think it is almost impossible not to be disaapointed. $50k-100k is an awful lot of expectations. When I spend $12 on a movie I don't like I get annoyed. I can't imagine how perfect a dog that costs a college education would need to be.
CMTucker   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 2:25:32 PM
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@David that's a lot of money for sure! I just adopt a dog with the same mix of breeds, train them the same, give them love...it's remarkable how similar they turn out!
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 5:23:58 PM
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@cmtucker- Maybe I should have you train my children. They are roughly the same breed and they are turning out totally differently. :)
CMTucker   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/28/2014 1:20:17 PM
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@David I am having a hard enough time as it is!

In all seriousness, I have seen some research which theorizes that kids intentionally differ due to competition for resources...they try to diversify so that they aren't like a sibling.

The reasons why are, biologically, easy to understand. But I have two kids and they are very different...and often we're left thinking "What the ____!" And that's ok...

...what we do expect from each of them doesn't change. So far, it's been a pretty decent ride. Both kids are getting good grades, good people, heatlhy (for the most part) and are allowed to be different.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/28/2014 5:21:04 PM
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@CMTucker- Very wise. Never thought of it that way because I think of my resources as time and love and money but I suppose they think of those resources as more specific (at least subconsciously) like "time playing catch" or "time watching TV" or "excited listening" rather than "listening because Daddy knows Frozen is imporant to you." :)
eethtworkz   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 12:08:11 PM
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Tucker,

Now that you mention it-Its so,so true!

Frankly speaking I had also observed this issue very closely (amongst siblings) but was never able to place it down into precise words.

The Causal effects are beyond stunning(when one looks at it that way).

No wonder Human Pschyology is such an interesting field.

 
eethtworkz   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 12:27:04 PM
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Tucker,

That's a most smart and sensible way to handle this situation.

Very,Very intelligent!
Henrisha   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 2:01:28 PM
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@CMTucker: Looks are not what a potential mate makes. Same goes for pets. It might look the same and perfect on the outside, but if it doesn't behave as you were expecting it to, then what's the point?
CMTucker   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 2:32:07 PM
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@Henrisha good point. The pet should have the same training, and hope the temperment pans out.
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 5:22:34 PM
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"loows are not what a poential mate makes."


True, but go with me for a strange thought. I'm quite sure that my wife often thinks "it would be great if I could just put Dave's brain in Denzel Washington's body." I'm sure I couldn't really object if she looked like a super model either.

But then I get to thinking-- I'd probably change a lot if I looked like Denzel Washington. I'd be a heck of a lot more arrogant. I suspect if you look like a super model that happens, too.

I wonder if this translates to pets?
kstaron   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 12:40:57 PM
go with an original not a copy
Okay the idea of matching your new pet so it looks just like your last pet is creepy. What I miss about the cat I lost last year are those little quirks. How she hissed at the other cat with this little baby hiss hiss, and she could quite make the distance from the floor to the bed in one leap leading to some particularly ungraceful scrambles, and how whe she laid down it's like her bones disappeared. Yes I liked the look of her too but she wasa funny little cat and that made all the difference. If the petmatch could help you find a pet similar in personality to your last one that could be good. But best of all is probably going to the shelter and picking out the one that makes your heart ache for not having it. Then it will be it's own pet with it's own quirks and not some copy of memory living in your head.
Henrisha   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/27/2014 2:00:13 PM
Re: go with an original not a copy
I'd have to agree. Matching a pet to your old one (even one that may be dead already) is creepy, in the sense that appearances isn't all that matters when it comes to pets. There's also their inherent character, needs, attitude... The dog might look like the one you had, but if it has none of the same habits and is lazy instead of playful like the last one was, then what's the point?
impactnow   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/28/2014 12:43:52 PM
memories with Fresh pet
Personally I would not clone my pet but for those who are interested my understanding is they're hoping to get pets with the same sentiment as their previous pet. I don't know that cloning will give you the same personality but I guess it's worth a shot if you have nothing better to do with 100k. I would savor the memories and move on.
eethtworkz   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 12:21:21 PM
Re: memories with Fresh pet
ImpactNow,

The Bottomline is if you do have nothing else to do with 100 Grand.

Now there are'nt really that many folks who fall in this category today.

Are they?

And for those that do?

What can I say?

Have fun and hope it works out satisfactorily for you.

 
freespiritny25   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/28/2014 7:47:44 PM
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A pet clone- now that's just creepy! It's not how the pet looks that is missed, it's the personality and connection-it is irreplaceable.
eethtworkz   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 12:04:28 PM
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freespirit,

Have to second your thoughts exactly.

I have to say I was beyond stunned when I saw the price & traction that App was getting.

Guess,I am not the only one who thinks that Sanity has been lost in the Tech world today?

You simply can't buy Love for any price.

Its not the same as when you bring a little Puppy home and nurture him/her into a big Dog who simply adores you.

Is it?

 
eethtworkz   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 12:01:44 PM
Why did that App cost $20 Million??
David,

I actually went ahead and downloaded and tested that App.

And trust me on this-There is absolutely NOTHING in that App that makes it worth 20 million Dollars(which is what the founders claim to have invested there).

I hope I am not the only one who realizes this critical issue of hopelessly overvalued IT assets today*just like the Dotcom bubble all over again ain't it??).

 
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/29/2014 6:55:01 PM
Re: Why did that App cost $20 Million??
@eethtworkz- valuing these things is difficult as you know. Sometimes you are paying for user base, sometimes for IP, sometimes for perceived potential. One wonders if the real value is in the IP surrounding the "facial" recognition of the animals. 

Also, there is a sort of "pet porn" reality to it where lots of dog and cat lovers might just use it for looking at pics. I don't know if any of that is worth $20 million but it might be if you squint at it right.
Broadway   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/31/2014 9:58:21 PM
Re: Why did that App cost $20 Million??
@eethworkz, perhaps that app is tracking huge amounts of data on its users, and that's where the value in it is really for its founders, investors and prospective buyers. After all, a lot of the overvalued acquisitions in the mobile world lately are driven not by the product, but the data that the product collects. Maybe this app sells the data to pet food companies?
tekedge   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/30/2014 11:52:44 PM
Pet Refresh Cycles
Will never consider using this app. Where my pet is concerned good memories are all I need! I don't think even the cloned pet will compensate the loss of my pet
Anand   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   5/31/2014 2:08:53 PM
Re : Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles
Human beings are social beings and are therefore very emotional. Despite the fact that some people are stone-hearted, a majority of us really break down when we lose our dear ones. For people who love pets and have had pets for the rest of their lives, it is not an easy time when we lose these wonderful creatures. The sanest thing to do is to think that replacing a dead or lost pet with another one especially a clone will bring back the same experience and feeling you once shared with your "late poor pet". Yes, I agree that it can act as a consolation but we must also agree that every individual being is different right from its DNA's structure. Therefore opting for a clone would simply mean looking for an absolutely new and refreshing experience, which is still good. Go for it.
Joe Stanganelli   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   6/1/2014 4:27:04 AM
Dating
@Dave: I could see this same technology being applied to dating.  Forlorn over the one that got away?  Or do you think Freud's theories were correct and you keep dating people who look like your mom or your dad?  Why not use this technology to find your new partner?

Creepy?  Maybe.  But is it really creepier than this?
David Wagner   Geekend: Pet Refresh Cycles   6/2/2014 3:01:57 PM
Re: Dating
@Joe- I love it. I want an app that shows me a none-famous simgle woman who looks just like Carrie Fisher in her Episode VI days.

OK, I really don't, but I wanted the geekiest person i could find without revealing my own tastes. :)


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