Meet Ms. Tamagotchi

CNN: Virtual Girlfriend Could End Dating Woes. She needs to be coddled with sweet talk and pampered with gifts, but you’ll never see her in the flesh, says a Hong Kong company that’s developing a “virtual girlfriend” for new cell phones with video capability.

For the next series of The Bachelor, the contestant will have to choose between Miss Nokia, Miss Samsung and Miss Nextel. And the winner is … petite with a mute button and a vibrate mode. Anyways, the “brains” behind this product is going public. I’ve added Artificial Life contracts to the web site.