Could Pokeballs Exist?
Hello everyone, Flint here. If you played or watched Pokemon as a kid then you can all agree with me that it was amazing. The concept for the series was great, ‘you are a 10 year old who must travel around an entire region to capture dangerous creatures and who said creatures to battle other dangerous creatures in hope of becoming a Pokemon League Champion’ ah yes, my childhood was awesome. But the thing that fascinated me the most about the whole series itself was the device used to capture Pokemon, which are known as Pokeballs.
Pokeballs are small spherical shaped objects which are used to capture Pokemon. When a Pokemon is captured, it is converted into light energy and remains in that state until the trainer decides to use the Pokemon again. They were created around 300 years ago in the Johto region from apricot seeds. However, now a days more modernised Pokeballs are created by companies like Siph. Co, which is the main manufacturing company in the Pokemon world.
There are many different types of Pokeballs to use and each one will aid you in different ways. For example a Master Ball will catch any Pokemon without fail and a Dusk Ball will help you catch Ghost Pokemon or Pokemon during the night time period. Having a verity of different types of Pokeballs will make it easier to catch Pokemon on your journey.
So it’s time to ask the question, could we create Pokeballs in our world to capture wild animals with? Well, my answer would be: Quite possibly yes. Here’s my little theory on why it could be possible. It’s quite complex but you’ll need to use your imaginations.
It would probably involve a Rapid Cloning device located in the center of the Pokeball. This devise would be similar to the Rapid Prototyping machines used by todays designers and engineers, only smaller and carbon based.
The animals genetic information would be stored on the ball and using voice activation the user would simply say the animals name and the Cloning nozzle at the center of the ball would begin constructing the creature.
This process would only take a moment and it would appear the animal was simply leaping forth from inside the ball.
The only major technological hurdle to overcome would be training your animal to fight, because although rapid cloning can easily recreate the physical animal, it would be difficult to retain any learned behavior outside the ball.
For example, if the animal knew its name before its genetic information was inputted into the ball then hypothetically all subsequent clones of the animal would also know its own name.
However, if the animal learned, say, a new attack during a fight, the next time you released the animal it would have no memory of this new attack because the data in the ball would not have been updated.
I should also mention that this Pokeball technology would involve you killing your animal ever time you wanted to “put it away”. This would probably be best archived using some sort of lethal injection, at which point you could also draw a new genetic sample to upload to the Pokeball, thus updating the information and any learned behavior.
It can be thought of very much like saving a file on a computer.
As you can see, there is small possibility that a device such as a Pokeball could be created, but invention a machine like a Rapid Cloning device would take a very long time to create. However, scientists are starting to experiment with cloning methods every day and they are getting very positive results. Scientists can now clone body parts for humans who may need a new limb which will only become more advanced over time, which may eventually lead to scientists being able to clone fully living humans and animals.
Again this will take a very long to fully enhances but will we eventually achieve it.
However, would we really want a device like a Pokeball existing if it involves killing our animal partner every time we want to put its genetic samples back into the ball? Personally I hate animal cruelty and if somebody gave me a new dog inside a Pokeball and said “If you want to put the dog back inside the ball, all you have to do is kill it and take a blood sample from it” I would decline that persons offer. Even if the dog comes back with all it’s memories, I still couldn’t bare the fact that I would need to kill my animal friend each time I wanted to use him again. Whether we use an injection to kill the animal or not, we are taking away the life of another living thing just so we can use it to bring a new clone of it back to life to fight again, and then eventually die again. If scientist create a Pokeball with this function, there would be great uproar throughout the world.
In conclusion, I would really like to have a device like a Pokeball for my own pet (I have a cat) but if it involved the animal going through serious pain, then I defiantly wouldn’t purchase it. All we can do now is wait until scientists brainstorm this cloning method and that it can be created in a painless way for the creature we will be using it on.
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next time!
~Flint the Theorist