Okay, this can’t be any good.
You put a bunch of real-life scientists from MIT in a room together, with plants, and robots, and you’re going to get some creepy, weird, real-stuff! You can see where this is going, can’t you? How long will it take until they are putting man-eating plants on wheels and we’ll be having plantageddon!
Actually, that might be rather interesting.
We could have a human army with weed-whackers taking on the mobile venus fly traps! Sounds like a good book, doesn’t it? Hmm, right up our alley!
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. The plant is interfaced through its own electrochemical signals with a robotic extension that drives it towards light. Plants have natural bioelectrochemical signals inside them. The get excited in response to environmental conditions and conduct these signals between tissues and organs. Elowan is an attempt to demonstrate what augmentation of nature could mean. Elowan’s robotic base is a new symbiotic association with a plant. The agency of movement rests with the plant based on its own bio-electrochemical signals. In this experimental setup, electrodes are inserted into stems and ground. The weak signals are then amplified and sent to the robot, making it move in respective directions.