Bushmen digitally tagging the Kalahari
June 2nd, 2003

The San Bushmen are using wireless, mobile computing to digitally map their region of the Kalahari.

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This mapping could tie into some other San projects. For example, they might stand to make money from one plant they consume, if the world buys into Hoodia cactus. At the same time, the population is gearing up to encourage ecotourism.

“Liebenberg’s work seamlessly connects the earth’s oldest form of knowledge to its most modern, sophisticated, and automatic counterpart. It represents an extraordinary moment in technology transfer. Indeed, Liebenberg has produced something akin to a Stone Age computer by hacking into a bygone world.”

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