Phytogenic Cyborgs: the Earth's new immune system
When plants are in a living, integrated eco-system they send out signals to each other. These methods include the secretion of proteins, the emission of certain gases and the release of electrical pulses. It had long been assumed they were competing with each other unaware of the presence of other organisms. These signals imply a Nash Equilibrium where there is a collective effort to optimize the eco-system for the benefit of all the organisms as this represents the optimal state for the individual parts as well as the whole.
Phytogenic Cyborgs have specialized sensors that detect these signals and process them through a circuit that is an analog of the biological system.
From this feedback, the machine aspect of the cyborg also produces proteins, gases and electrical pulses of it's own which influence the biological aspect. The 2 aspects become inter-mingled and co-evolutionary, reacting to their environment as a single entity.
Duplicates of the internal sensors detect environmental stress from the surrounding biota. Similarities or dis-similarities create a continuous stress gradient which the cyborg attempts to remediate.
a Phytogenic Cyborg functions as a meta-organism. It is designed to provide life support but it is integrated into the surrounding biosphere in such a way as to act like both macro-fauna and macro-flora, absorbing nutrients and energy from its surroundings while producing materials vital to the support of other organisms in the biosphere.
This is one of our robots in the New Jersey Meadowlands, near our office.
"The brain of a bee or ant contains less than 1% of the number of connections found in the average computer, yet their actions are an integral part of the fabric of life." - Dr. Tyrell Schreber, May 2011