4 December 2020
In the late 1990’s technologist and inventor Joshua Klein began thinking about crows and how they thrive in the human landscape. Crows pick up food we’ve left behind but can they learn to do useful things? What about picking up coins? By 2008 he’d invented the crow vending machine.
Klein’s 10-minute TED Talk in February 2008 set the world ablaze. Crows will pick up coins for peanuts!
You may be wondering: Can I have one of these for my backyard?
Klein’s latest Official Crowbox (August 2018) is the size of a backyard feeder. But don’t get too excited. It looks like you need a soldering iron to put it together. Watch how it works here on YouTube.
(photo from Wikimedia Commons; click on the caption to see the original. video embedded from TED Talks)