Cyborg botany [study]

Over several million years, Venus Flytraps have been triggered to snap shut by flies. A new research project has shown they can also be triggered by a mouse – viz. a computer mouse [As shown in the video above].

The many and varied possibilities of creating ‘Cyborg Plants’ has been investigated by Harpreet Sareen of the Parsons School of Design, New York, and Pattie Maes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who have, between them, created –

“… a series of [plant] hybrids with a complex intertwining of technological capabilities placed in association with the plant functions.”

See: Cyborg Botany: Exploring In-Planta Cybernetic Systems for Interaction in CHI EA ’19 Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paper No. LBW0237.

BONUS: A full copy of the Ig Nobel Peace Prize-winning study ‘The dignity of living beings with regard to plants. Moral consideration of plants for their own sake’ (2008) from the Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH), Switzerland.

Research research: by Martin Gardiner