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The bongo-drum Internet

A computer-science student at Algoma University recently became the first person to create a system that routes data over bongo drums. See that picture above? That’s basically how it works. You type an internet command into one computer, and the software translates it into a set of bongo-drum beats — which the computer whacks out on the drums, using electrically-powered sticks. The second computer listens to the bongo pattern, then translates the commands back into computer-speak, and executes the command.

Now we know what to do during the next blackout.

(Thanks to Slashdot for finding this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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