And so the subreddit r/takecareofmyplant was born.
Wood is a self-taught programmer, and had a Raspberry Pi (a small, $25 computer) sitting around for a couple years without any use for it. He saw r/takecareofmyplant as the perfect project, an opportunity to learn new skills. He hooked his Raspberry Pi up to the power supply, and had it turn the water pump on and off.
The starring figure was a Zebra Plant that the internet named Jeff. Every day, the bot /u/takecareofmyplant posts a “Daily Water” post on the subreddit. People vote on whether or not to water it, the bot tallies it, and then waters according to popular opinion. If the majority voted yes, Jeff got watered. If they voted no, he didn’t. Wood set up a livestream of the plant, so people could check in on how it was doing.
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