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Monday, October 26, 2009

Why would you build a peanut vending machine for crows?

Josh Klein did an initial experiment in 2008 in an attempt to teach crows how to live more purposefully for man, so that man would not annihilate the species. If you can train them to put coins in a machine for peanuts, could you teach them to collect garbage in exchange for peanuts? What if the crows could be used for search and rescue, in the same way as a dog? Below is a video on training crows to conduct mutually beneficial behaviors with humans:

Now it’s your turn to further the crowbox experiment. Go to www.crowboxunleashed.com if you think you can make this idea into something great.

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