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Let’s say humanity is a type 1 civilization, ( essentially a civilization that can control there entire planet and harness its energy ), now let’s also say humanity wants to make an intelligent species that we essentially require to survive, plants.

I do know that the main problems that a intelligent plant species face is energy, movement, communication, and basically what everything else. But I want to focus on energy. A brain allows animals to think and be sapient, but it also allows for the formation of questions and the ability to do complicated task, which means that a brain will require a massive amount of energy.

So, I’m going to start of by saying that I’m going to use the sentient quotient, which is one of the ways to quantity sentience. The sentience quotient ranges from -70 to +50, currently plants lay around -2, but carnivorous plants, such as the Venus fly trap lay around a +1, now, I want the plants to at least reach a +13, which all animals are at roughly located around that point, including humans.

I’m going to use Venus fly traps because they are at least slightly ahead of normal plants. Which leads me into my question.

how much energy would be required to help a plant, “ the Venus fly trap”, to gain sentience?

Also, this second question isn’t necessary but, how could we go about giving said energy to said plant

Edit: here is the link to the “could a plant develop intelligence” question, the first answer talks about the sentient quotient Could plants develop intelligence?

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    $\begingroup$ Is the sentient quotient something you came up with? If not, do you mind referencing some source where folks like me can get more info? $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Mar 17 at 8:44
  • $\begingroup$ Their is a question that asks “ could plants develop intelligence”. The excepted answer talks much more about the sentient quotient $\endgroup$ – RotNDecay Mar 17 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ @RotNDecay put a link to the “could plants develop intelligence” one into your question $\endgroup$ – Adrian Colomitchi Mar 17 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ 'Sentient quotient' just seems like a crude-ish way of calculating information density with no context. That is to say, it's a logarithmic measurement of information processing rate (in bits) over the subject's brain mass. This seems to be a wrong measurement because you can achieve a +13 on plants just by condensing the currently existing neural framework. $\endgroup$ – Halfthawed Mar 17 at 15:09

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