No matter what the future technology is. Flying cars, XX. The existence of a century-old certificate has repeatedly changed the ground level. Facebook has become one of the biggest threats to democracy as an instrument for college qualification. And who would think that online book sales by Jeff Bezos would be $ 150,000 million?
So it's not so stupid that Harpreet Sareen, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, is likely to be one of our cities with some hybrid plant robots. Like modern day, Dr. Frankenstein – or, uh, Plantenstein? – His vision is to give a new life to the plants.
Enter ElowanNetwork and its team expanded this month. Linked to a few threads and silver electrodes, the hybrid plant robot responds to the demands of plant light. When the light shines on its leaves, the plant can produce bioelectrochemical signals under the wheel robot that detects and transmits electrodes. The robot changes the light.
It's just a plant on Elowan wheels. Networks and their colleagues are an example of part-organic and partial artificial organizations that are more common in the future. Many of the functions we find in electronics, for example, have a sense of surroundings and data display capacity in the first place. And often they are more efficient and resilient in the world, wear, tears and less environmental damage. As the plant identifies and interprets how it works, researchers will turn biobibes into a technology, power, monitoring and interaction environment in their technological environment.
This is not the first workshop robot we have collaborated with. Vincross CEO Sun Tianqi has created a robot that survives by controlling its environment. But Elowan could be the most interesting. Collaboration takes a step closer to connecting directly to the machine.
We talked about the networks in their projects and their perspective on the cybernetic plants. The interview has been edited and condensed to get clarity.
Digital Trends: what created the first cyborg plant to build?
Harpreet Networks: I'm interested in two aspects of natural research. One is how we explore the natural capabilities to eliminate our future interaction devices. Right now, we built what emerges from the artificial world. It's a very industrious way of thinking. We design art artificially on the ground.
"I wanted to show the way the plants would like to walk like a man".
In my research, I have found many abilities we can use in the natural world. For example, plants have electrical signals that are similar to artificial circuits. That's what he thought of new abilities. So I wanted to show the plant as if it were mobility or if there was no human nature, but it could be affected by the same plant.
How are you able to return the electrical signals of plants to the movement?
Plants respond to many environmental factors. In the morning, for example, plants try to orient the sun to the east. As the sun moves throughout the day, they are reused to maximize maximum sunlight. In this way, the clarity conditions, changes in gravity, soil impurities and insects respond as they try to eat their leaves. When this happens, the plant will try to communicate with other organs from the inside. Communication is an electrical signal. It's really a bioelectrochemical signal.
With Elowan, I put on the circuit of the plant to read these signs and were able to touch the plant or change the environment. I found the light of his signals when I changed the light of light. For this robot, I have single-sided lamps that I turn on and turn off. In the transition, a signal is generated and this signal goes to the robot to move the left and right movement.
Your idea is a kind of system of natural circuitry built of plant physiology. You want to replace artificial circuits with natural ones.
In broader terms, I tried to communicate here. But, as interaction designer, I am in the interactions [between humans and machines] work right now.
"Plants can be the best electronic media we already have in the environment, things we can do to artificially create efforts."
There are two things when we use digital devices: sensation and display. When sitting in front of a computer, the computer is trying hard on something I'm doing and trying to base an output. Then, the screen is displayed, as an interface that we see in the digital world. These artificial electronic devices create senses and show them, but plants have this ability.
Plants are self-propelled, self-regenerating and self-manufacturing. They change the color and change it. Leaves open and close and grow. They can be our electronic inspirational sources. Plants can be the best electronics in the environment, things we can do to artificially create efforts. We should not redo everything, why not design the designs aligned with nature? I think that the future of interaction design will put the interface within nature.
What are some explicit benefits that you see more than one hybrid device?
Well, this process of hybridization with nature would be a paradigm shift that will help us think about how we design future devices. For example, plants constantly absorb water, like small engines in environments. Plants open and close like on the screen. If you look at these capabilities, we can use some of them and morphore them with electronic features, so we do not really design things from the bottom.
The second benefit is the sensing of the IOT and intelligent environments, but it is not possible to develop everything efficiently with the scale we think of the future. And if we design it artificially, we can put things into environments that are environmentally destructive as silicon or mental. So how do we scale it? Plants can help answer that question.
As I can see, matching these natural capacities will try to unite with nature. I call convergence design. Today our environmental initiatives are always behind us. We said: "Okay, now what we destroyed this part of the environment, how do we solve it now?" Hybridizing with nature and cyborgs we will not be liable in our efforts. Our technological nature can be technological and active development.
What is the hybridization of devices and infrastructure designs for this future?
My current project is called Cyborg Botany. Today, most plants use plants, especially as crop crops, but some plants in Asian cultures are also like bridges. They leave the river from one side to the other and use the car as a bridge growing. It is the only application that you can think of creating a tree architecture. Or I think I mentioned the natural motor. Plants can be monitoring water quality, toxicity or pollution monitoring platforms, and we should not expand artificial sensors.
"Plants can be monitoring platforms that could contain water quality, toxicity or pollution monitoring platforms, so we do not implement artificial sensors."
Other applications have connected the digital world. Currently, I'm working on a plant that is controlled by this software, so we suggest you approach the leaves and leaves of the plant. This is a kind of communication between plants and computers. The leaf works like a screen.
As a living organism, plants have their own personal interest and do not always have the rules that we lay down. For example, tree roots grow through gutters that grow through concrete or bushes. That way, it could be more difficult than human-made devices. What are the challenges facing cyborg plants with synthetic devices?
There are two principles in this project to make things difficult. The plant should not be damaged, and the environment must not be damaged. For example, when I grow older in the plant or do something near it, I should not hurt eating and eating a nearby food.
Perhaps the ability to learn and interpret is what it is. When I hear about the electrical signals of the plant, I have said that a sign has been triggered, that the light has been lit, and another signal has occurred. Based on some of these discourse interpretations, I can analyze a plant system and find it a good application for my application.
It is clear that plants are valued. Do I think plants have an agency and feel nice and painful?
It is very important to have the nerves that humans make of plants. Plants have no emotions, but have signs of evolution. The systems are at a certain level. I try to make the interpretations of these evolutionary signs, but they are not emotional signs. They are just answers to the environment. But at the end of the day still life-long systems remain. Through Elowan, I grow the plant I already want to do.