Some days it may seem difficult to imagine that it’s only been about 80 years since the first rudimentary computers were developed. In those days, they were nothing more than very large calculators. It didn’t take us long to make computers more complex, developing the first RAM in 1948 that allowed for programs to be stored electronically. Computers, themselves, first got larger before getting smaller, faster, more energy efficient, and allowing for more memory. These days, we’ve got computers in our watches and phones along with the ones sitting at our desks. Even those computers at our desks have shrunk down from towers to laptops to mini pcs that take up only about as much desk space as a drink coaster – there’s even one the size of a pack of gum that’s perfect for smart TVs and display boards!
But imagine taking those advances one step further… What if that plant sitting on your desk was your computer? Impossible? Maybe for now, but scientists in Sweden have developed an electrically conductive fluid that when injected into a rose formed circuitry within the plant’s system without disrupting the normal workings of the plant, itself. In their testing, they found that the cyborg rose’s energy storage capabilities were on par with those of supercomputers.
So far, this process has only been tested on cut roses. The next step for the team of scientists involved is to test this product and process with still living roses. If it works, we could very well be looking at a future where we can grow our computers, not just assemble them.
To learn more, follow this link: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/cyborg-roses-used-grow-computer-systems/