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Will Futuristic Synthetic Animals Save the Planet?


Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist, and writer exploring emerging technologies, developing new roles for design, and her most recent creation is developing synthetic creatures to help prevent the “sixth extinction.” The proposed organisms would be created in a lab with traits aimed at cleaning up pollution and helping save other species.

Other ideas to help avoid the extinction of species have involved genetic modification, which is highly controversial and has not been implemented. However, according to i09, “Synthetic biology [what Ginsberg is proposing] is not a new concept. Craig Venter proposed the idea a few years ago, and recently a Stanford research team created the first complete model of a living organism.”

Ginsberg herself said the ideas demonstrated through her installation are possible. According to DeZeen, Ginsberg says, “There’s a scientist who I showed this to and she said it’s already happening. It’s happening not at the level of organisms but with bacteria; the concept of releasing things into the wild to preserve nature….I’m not proposing this as the future but it’s meant to highlight these questions…and now the idea is to take it back to scientists and start the conversation going.”

Take a look at Ginsberg’s proposed creations and tell us what you think!


The porcupine-like Autonomous Seed Disperser spreads seeds to increase biodiversity



The slug-like Mobile Bioremediating Device emits alkali to neutralize acidic soil


The puffball-like self-inflating Antipathogenic Membrane Pump lives on oak trees and releases spores that treat sudden oak death

All Images: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

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8 comments on “Will Futuristic Synthetic Animals Save the Planet?”

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Meg Lacasse
4 Years Ago

It's cool as long as they remain where you want them and not straying into areas where they aren't needed ... Otherwise I think it's time we start fixing things maybe instead of just watching everything go to hell

Lynn M Jenkinson
4 Years Ago

No, no, no, no. Why would ANY of these "creations" be any better than GMO foods? We MUST learn to leave nature ALONE!!!

Lynn Ross
4 Years Ago

I think this is some scary shit. What's wrong with our planet just the way it is minus the pollution created by the same people that are thinking up this crap. Stop what we are currently emitting in to our environment and let the planet heal itself. She is resourceful like that FFS.

Cheeba McCheebs
4 Years Ago

CANNABIS is the answer, plus a re-brainwash of those fear-based human beings, there is nothing to be afraid of.... if all come together, and work togther and everybody says "fuck the government", that's a starting point!

Jessica Kerekes
4 Years Ago

Damage done people- now is the time for reparation not condemnation.

Athena Shay
4 Years Ago

We might need synthetic bees sometimes in the future...:-/

Jodie Ross
4 Years Ago

just because you can do something doesn't mean it should be done.

Patrice Lenhoff Anita
4 Years Ago

I think this is horrible...if they would just stop screwing things up with their chemicals, toxins, poisons, spraying, modifying and polluting they wouldn't need to come up with things to try and reverse their messes...


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