And now for something udderly related

The idea was to capture that whole cycle, and that would enable us to get into some of the realities of dairy farming. Someone who’s following these tweets will know that their cow was sent off.

Alright, I’m with them on this angle of the project, but I’m not sure of the rest of it. There are some disturbing things brought up in this piece, and the fact that dairy cows end up in McDonald’s trucks shouldn’t be high on that list.

“He thought it was hilarious that he had this new kind of relationship with his cows, because farmers using this (robotic) system are kind of encouraged not to interact with your cows at all anymore,” O’Gorman said.

How much further can we push this system until there is no connection to the animals at all? When farmers are encouraged to avoid interacting with their animals, what else is left? When cattle are tagged to gain entry into automatic milking facilities, and then their “thoughts” are posted on Twitter, how far are we from seeing that a heart beats somewhere in amongst all of this?

Of course, how can we expect this heart to be shown in an industry that thinks the most prominent thought on a cow’s mind would be “eat more chicken”?

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