Crows root through garbage, and caw us from our slumber. But what if I could train the species- which top the avian IQ scale – to be my minions? Then I read in a recent O Magazine about a hacker named Joshua Klein who spent a decade studying crows, and discovered they’re highly intelligent and adept at making the human environment work in their favor.
In Japan the black corvids drop tough nuts into traffic so cars crush them, then the genus wait for pedestrian lights to retrieve them. Klein invented a wooden box and taught his crow to put a coin in the chute, as it would dispense a tasty peanut. He hopes his feathered friend will teach a murder of crows at a nearby dump to gather and deposit coins for him- imagine them as the hacker’s minions, collecting billions lost coins.
Forget “NaltsConsulting.” I’m going to become the Dickinseon “Fagin” of rural Pennsylvanian crows. I’ll teach them to seize mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras (and remember it will cost me peanuts). Here’s the video about my plan in case you want to invest.