Two Truths and Lie: Rise of the Cyborg Plants

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Two Truths and Lie: Rise of the Cyborg Plants

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Scientists at MIT and a university in Sweden are working on designing cyborg plants with electronic enhancements. Artificial parts, such as wires, are inserted or grown within the plant. Why would anyone want to do this, you ask? Well, perhaps someday we could harness the energy from the cyborg plants’ photosynthesis. It would literally be a power plant!

One group of scientists even gave a plant the ability to detect explosives in groundwater. The plant watched for chemicals in the water that could point to the presence of an explosive, and let out an infrared light when it detected them. This light triggered a computer to email out a warning message. So, a plant could one day save your life by detecting a bomb.

Another laboratory worked on growing wires in plant stems that can act as transistors, meaning that plants could one day contain computer chips. These scientists think that we will someday engineer plants that can monitor environmental conditions and even control their own growth. This technology is still in its earliest stages, but perhaps in our lifetimes, we will witness the rise of the cyborg plants.

 

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