Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Crowbar

Can crows be trained to clean cities? Crowded Cities thinks they can. In the Netherlands every year more than 6 billion cigarette filters are tossed onto the street. The Dutch startup wants to exploit the intelligence of crows and train them to pick up cigarette butts in exchange for peanuts. Here's how it works:
  1. The crows bring a cigarette filter to the Crowbar, where they drop it into the bottom funnel to get it checked.
  2. After the camera has recognised the cigarette filter, it returns a bit of food to the table in front of the crow.
  3. The crow tells the others
There are sceptics who think the whole premise is bogus but Crowded Cities hopes its project will make people more aware of the problem so humans can stop relying on animals to clean up their mess.


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