In the age of robotics, the question of life continues to be a puzzling matter of debate. As creatures of biological code, are we more alive than those made up of digital code? Questions like this are debated more so today than at any other time in history.
Though to make the question all the more difficult, one art collective has decided to breathe new life into, wait for it, a robotic plant that lives and reproduces by consuming bitcoins. You might think that sounds crazy, but for the Plantoid, it was simply born that way.
“The Plantoid is the plant equivalent of an android. For the purpose of this art installation, the Plantoid is an autopoietic sculpture — a self-owned artist that owns and finances itself, and eventually reproduces itself. It is, in essence, a hybrid entity that exists both in the physical and virtual world, where it can interact with other entities on the blockchain.” (excerpt from Plantods website)