Tuesday, October 21, 2008

on the internet, nobody knows you´re a plant

Lots of people are familiar with the early New Yorker cartoon which rang "On the Internet, nobody knows you´re a dog." If not, see here. But of course this is not the story for this post. No.
Rather, a news item just in reports on the apparent popularity in Japan of a pot plant which has its own blog. An excerpt (from the story, not the blog) below:

Engineer Satoshi Kuribayashi, who has been studying how to communicate with plants, helped Midori-san express herself.

He wired up the hoya kerrii, commonly known as a "sweetheart plant", to a sensor that measures bio-electric signals and translates them into Japanese using a computer algorithm.

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