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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 over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


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