The sun was setting and the technobotanists were sailing home

If humans can be cyborgs, why not trees? In this image, we see a future where technobotany has produced organic wind power stations - and many more plant-machine wonders.

Created by NL Architects, these windmill trees were the subject, in part, of an essay by Rob Holmes, writing at Mammoth about cyborg arboretums. He begins by describing what exactly such places might be:

This is a cyborg arboretum. That is, a collection of various plants not naturally found in geographic proximity, brought together for educational purposes, whose constituent plants happen to be cyborgs. Not augmented humans, but flora augmented by "non-hereditary adaptations".


Now, in some real and valid sense, just as we've been augmenting our own biological capabilities with technological adaptations for millenia, we've also been engaged in a massive and only semi-conscious re-shaping of the forms and functions of plants. However, that re-shaping (co-evolution, really), as fascinating as it is, has been primarily through hereditary tools - biology as technology, rather than something which exists in tension with biology, and thus is an object of interest when, in odd cases, it is married to biology.

This being a post about cyborgs, we're here to talk about those odd cases. So, with the exception of one case that I find appropriate because a plant's biology is being manipulated technologically to mimic a technological construct, this arboretum is filled only with plants which incorporate technology into their physical structure.

Want your mind rearranged pleasingly? Then read the whole essay via Mammoth

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