Cyborg Chicks.

Leave it to the Japanese to create .. a cyborg chick that looks and feel like the real thing, except you don't have to feed or clean up after them!

The palm-sized, fluffy robots, named Yume Hiyoko, or "dream chicks", went on sale last week in time for the Easter holidays. They join toy maker Sega's line of mechanical pets that includes dogs, cats and ponies.

The chick has touch sensors that trigger it to chirp or flap its wings when its back is stroked. It cannot, however, move.

"I think it is good as a pet because you don't have to feed it and clean its droppings," said Masahiro Okada, a chicken farm worker who was looking at the toys.

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Wow, I was so disappointed by the description, after reading that title.

Cyborg chicks, indeed!

But, wasn't the true definition of a cyborg a live human or animal enhanced with robotics?
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When are people going to learn that you have to take the good with the bad in order to experience life to its fullest? This, to me, is only the latest in a long string of inventions that, yes, make things more convenient, but in the long run serve only to drain away a bit more of who and what we are and our place in nature. The philosophy behind these things is a sickness. Scientists wonder why more than half of Western civilization is clinically depressed on some level; well here you go: these chicks are one of the many, many myriad reasons. If that makes me no fun, then so be it. I'd rather be considered the most boring person in the world than to accept progress and convenience without examining its possible long-run consequences. Seeing the little girls with those things almost broke my heart.
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