Design for futuristic synthetic biology "herbicide sprayer"

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The fruit on the left look like alien goatse.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is, of course, the basis for Kathleen Ann Goonan’s works on nano/biotechnology and as a bonus they are essentially post-nanocalyptic:

    Queen City Jazz
    Mississippi Blues
    Crescent City Rhapsody
    Light Music

    http://www.goonan.com/

    And yes they are very strange, but excellent tales!

  3. dimka says:

    Codex Seraphinianus is the first thing that come in mind

  4. teufelsdroch says:

    Once again, Cronenberg got there first:

    Anders: They’re quite beautiful. What are they?

    Mantle: They’re gynaecological instruments…for working on mutant women.

    Anders: Mutant women? That’s a great theme for a show.

    Mantle: No, it’s not for a show. It’s not art. I’m a doctor, I need them for my work.

    Anders: That’s a little out of my line.

  5. Boba Fett Diop says:

    It seems a little wasteful to grow seven different plants to provide individual (and highly specialized) parts for a single consumer object. Wouldn’t it be more effective to design an herbicide producing plant that could be grown alongside the crops to be protected and periodically disperse a spray to combat invasive species?

  6. Anonymous says:

    John Varley’s Gaea trilogy. Grow me a Monroe. A big one.

  7. eviladrian says:

    @Piers W: Oh snap! It’s times like these I wish I could up-vote people’s comments.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “This would be a great counter-theme to the steam-punk genre. Some needs write a novel.”

    It has just been written:
    Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld

  9. Piers W says:

    Letter from artists to genetic scientist, 2009, ‘you put in other details’.

  10. Anonymous says:

    i wish i could buy prints of those sketches to put up in my apartment

  11. desprez says:

    This would be a great counter-theme to the steam-punk genre. Some needs write a novel.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Atwood’s Oryx and Crake has many sections that could be said to be that novel already…

  13. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t they do this in Aeon Flux movie?

  14. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me a LOT of the Codex Seraphinianus, by Luigi Serafini. Especially those toroidal plant things hanging from the branches.

    Codex Seraphinianus. Google it, seriously.

  15. Karl Jones says:

    “Swarm” – short story by Bruce Sterling about a space-faring swarm intelligence which engineers component organism as needed. Not normally “intelligent”, the swarm grows an “intelligent” component in response to human intervention.

  16. Seraphim_72 says:

    @Anonymous – yeah Varley kicked ass about this in the Gaea Trilogy. Essential the entity that was Gaea housed an entire ecosystem. She couldn’t create metal for her creatures to use so she bio-engineered everything from phones to zeppelins. A very good set of books. http://www.varley.net/

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