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Tonight at Curiosity Club: Karl Anderson's DIY Telephone Company

Posted on 07 April 2015

 

Tonight at Curiosity Club we'll learn about exercises in futility and social good with Karl Anderson! Starts 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store, and streaming online on the Curiosity Club homepage

At first glance, Futel is nothing more than a collection of pay phones installed in publicly accessible locations, no different than the phones found on every street corner. Except one doesn't have to pay to use them. And if the caller doesn't have a human to interact with, one will be provided. And there aren't any pay phones around anymore, anyway.

Find out what we hope to achieve by starting a free telephone network. We will discuss our spiritual ancestors in the phone phreak and mail artist community, as well as our philosophical background in creating useful and nonuseful devices out of discarded junk, and the importance of retaining skills with obsolete interactive technology.

Karl Anderson is a hardware and software experimenter who is good at thinking up projects but bad at predicting whether or not they will be practical. With C.H.U.N.K. 666, he has created amphibious human-powered vehicles out of trash. With the Church of Robotron, he has built a post-apocalyptic training facility, indoctrination center, and reading room based on the tenets of a coin-operated video game.

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