This is one of the most incredible things I have seen in a while, and such a ridiculously clever way to get people to engage with each other with the use of simple offline P2P technology. The guy behind it, Aram Bartholl, is my new favourite person. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files onto the USB (the ‘dead drop’) by plugging your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favourite files and data.
What’s so great about it (as if it wasn’t already amazing enough) is it’s open to participation.If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures. Here’s the blog to keep you updated on where they are.