e-Protea

The e-Protea is a biological computer processing unit that takes the form of a protea cynaroides—a flowering plant more commonly known as a sugarbush. It contains embedded hardware and software systems while also serving as an advanced specimen of IoP or Internet of Plant devices. The e-Protea evolved over thousands of years from mountains of electronic waste, fusing biological, chemical, and man-made structures to produce a Frankenstein of the natural and unnaturally intelligent. The e-Protea is outfitted with a powerful CPU in addition to three ESP32 microprocessing units all connected via an interdimensional LAN root system over bioethernet. One large LCD screen at the head of the plant and three smaller thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays output the results of the e-Protea’s relentless scanning and processing of real world and online data while a watchful camera eye detects and displays any creatures foolish enough to come near.

Source: Based on the M-CPU from Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7” published in Clark’s World Magazine Issue 32, May 2009

We are searching for a mature CPU plant, so mature that we can actually download its hard drive. We call them M-CPUs. Acquiring a copy of an M-CPU’s hard drive has never been done in all the history of exploration. BushBaby42, a close friend of mine, found one three months ago but she disappeared before she could download anything. She happened to send us the coordinates of her location just before she stopped responding to us, so here we are. We’ve come hundreds of miles. On the M-CPU’s hard drive will be unimaginable information, the result of centuries of gathering. Legend has it that these plants connect to networks from worlds beyond. Imagine what it knows, what it has documented.” From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 – Nnedi Okorafor