I’ve known for decades that plants can see and hear and sense and communicate feelings — the 1970’s experiment with plants witnessing an individual “murdering” on of their own, and then the plants reacting on a polygraph machine when the one individual out of a line of many individuals came back into the room, was for me a compelling indicator.
Similarly I have been both awed by Koko the gorilla knowing over 1,000 words in sign language and able to interpret between other gorillas and humans, and dismayed to not see a Manhattan Project seeking to extend inter-species communication.
Then we’ve had the recent advances in linking plants to cell phones such that changes in their chemistry and water content are as ably charted from the micro-level as SPOT Image pioneered at the macro level.
Now we learn beyond doubt that plants do have a form of language using RNA. This has huge implications for true cost economics and big data — implications that suggest that our earlier doubts about the capacity of existing big data concepts and capacities are severely under-stated. If humans with their 183 languages are a tower of babel, the idea of one day being able to integrate the languages of animals and plants into a larger world brain that integrates the 183 human languages (and ideally resurrects the other 5,000 largely lost human languages) with the languages of all animals and plants, is a breathtaking possibility to contemplate. For engineers, it will be a bio-mimicry and cause and effect revolution inspiring a modern renaissance in sensible sustainable science.