Is the following really a plant-machine hybrid?:
If plants could move around freely, they would move into the most beneficial lighting arrangement. They compensate for their rootedness by growing in the optimum direction and constantly repositioning their leaves.
An MIT researcher has helped out a plant by fitting it with electronic sensors attached to robotic wheels. The sensors detect the electrical signals the plant emits when it detects light and convey these signals to a motor that moves the wheels to a more light-friendly location. News, “That plant is not a cyborg” at Mind Matters
Or are we “planting” a mistaken idea?
See also: Can plants be as smart as animals? Seeking to thrive and grow, plants communicate extensively, without a mind or a brain
Can a stuffed toy turn into a robot? Maybe to amuse a sick child? With the right skin, yes.