Now When You Talk to a Plant, It Can ‘Talk’ Back

Some gardeners swear by the practice of talking to their plants, and it’s plausible that there’s something to this old adage — there’ve been studies, but nothing conclusive. But for those clinging to an old green-thumb legend, technology is on your side.

A new project from Helene Steiner, an artist-in-residence at Microsoft’s Studio 99 program, hijacks the electrical impulses and chemical signals from plants in a creative way. Called Project Florence, her system allows a person to type in

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