Enter the Robot Topiarist (new patent)

You might assume that since the occupation of ‘topiarist’ goes back nearly 2000 years (Pliny the Younger 62-100AD was a keen topiarist) it might well go on for another 2000. And it might – but nonetheless, as with many other occupations, professional topiarists might be well advised to keep an eye on new technological developments. The Brain Corporation of San Diego, California, has just received a US patent for its ‘Computerized learning landscaping apparatus and methods’

US09426946-20160830-D00000As can be seen from the before-and-after drawing above, the topiary-bot can, if required, carve the word BRAIN (or indeed any other suitable word, symbol, or 3-D design) into a living hedge, bush, tree, etc etc.

Also see: The, or Some, Ethics of Topiary

Bonus: How to pronounce the word ‘Topiarist’

Bonus (unrelated): “It’s Brains You Want

Bonus (unrelated): Brain on Head in Brain