Question: Are plants that can show emotions in reaction to what you say fact or fiction?
Japanese researchers are working on plants that can communicate their emotions to humans. Meaning, one day you could be sitting in your house threatening your plant that you will not water it and it would cringe. Or you could tell it a joke and it will be able to shake with laughter. Oh, and if you are one of those people that simply like to talk to your plant, you’ll know it’s listening to you by the movement of its leaves.
Japanese researchers at Keio University are making this type of plant communication a reality with hopes that one day big and small plants alike will be able to interact with humans. Right now their research is helping small plants communicate…they are achieving the “communication” effect by attaching microphones and sensors to the plants along with motors and threads that are attached to branches and leaves. The sensors and microphones pick up movements and noise and cause the motor to move the plant’s limbs accordingly. The end result is that if you say something to a plant, it appears to nod back at you in acknowledgement of what you are saying. Researchers are programming different emotional reactions into the plant’s repertoire of movements, so depending on what you say, the plant could appear angry, happy, or sad!
This research is yet further proof that the limits of what humans may have thought was impossible may be much farther out than they ever thought.Tweet