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This whole Chilean miner incident has made me realize how claustrophobic I am because the very idea of being buried thousands of feet in the Earth, in a tiny room, filled with other anxious, surly dudes, is viscerally terrifying to me — even if they have three precious 3.19″ boreholes through which they can get what they need to survive. I say, let’s send them the parts to build virtual reality rigs and have robot surrogates topside so they can go back to their lives, if only virtually. We can’t get them out of the hole for months, but it seems like we have the technology to let their minds climb out.

What would you send down that hole to “free” these men? [Via Laughing Squid]

Think of the Miners

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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