Robot and plant “biohybrids” present tech-nature symbiosis

Jan 31, 2018, 7:12 AM EST
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Flora Robotica, a multidisciplinary group of biologists, mechanical engineers, architects and robotics researchers, is working on “biohybrid” combinations of plants and robots for futuristic, self-organizing architectural applications capable of interaction with humans.

The four-year project eyes developing responsive, genetic architecture that will feature symbiotic robot-plant societies where humans would be able to grow many of the things constructed using resources today, notes Tree Hugger.

While the idea of such “biohybrid” ecosystems sounds too futuristic to be true, scientists are optimistic that automated urban gardens and living spaces could be a reality in next 20 to 30 years, writes Euronews.