In 1995, the USC created a robotic garden controlled by Internet users!

During its run online, any user could log on and control how the garden was tended to. For instance, you could enter commands to water flowers and a robotic arm above the garden would correspond by performing your task!

The website describes that the reason for this project was to give a peaceful community feeling where anyone can tend to plants peacefully. In the first year of being live, over 9000 members (there's no way that member level can be right ;) ) helped cultivate the garden at Southern Cal!