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Hackers have a space

Date: October 24, 2007

Imagine a device that looks like a lawnmower, rolls up to you and shows you your wifi password. It's Hackerbot, and 3ricj says people react kindly to the little bot, not like they do to the evil hacker stereotype. Or a CDMA device sent up in a balloon that works until the batteries fail.

This is what happens when hackers have a space - Hackerspace, in Seattle. Founded on April Fool's 2005, it's full of things that explode, burn, whirr and hum, and people who play with them.

"It takes money to do this, but you've got a bigger pool of people to raise money," 3ricj says. With an evolving group of members, people try art, hardware hacks and collective projects in the 3,000 square foot space.

Members have lots of freedom inside, but they also think through the results of what they do.
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