By Walt Hickey Aibo Farm Sony announced it will roll out an “Aibo Foster Parent” program for the $2,900 robotic dogs it sells. This would allow people whose plans have lapsed when it comes to caring for and maintaining their robotic dog companions to donate them. The company then says it’ll refurbish the 2019 ERS-1000 units and donate them to medical facilities, where presumably they can take the job of an actual dog and force it into doggy unemployment. Somewhat disturbingly in this new metaphor for a doggy donation, Sony did concede that some dogs will likely be gutted and scrapped for parts for other Aibo units.
Humanity's merciless wiping out of animals (we've already taken out the dodo, the passenger pigeon, the mammoth and mastodon, among others) and our seeming determination to send elephants, rhinos and many other animals into extinction is a stain on our species. We absolutely SUCK as stewards of the planet.
Artificial ivory isn't going to stop the poachers who make money by killing elephants. The only thing that will stop them is making it more expensive (in cost or personal danger) for the poachers to kill elephants. The poachers don't benefit from the artificial replacement product.