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Robot Miners

April 8, 2010

There were a couple of huge mining accidents that killed a whole bunch of people, and it prompts me to ask...

How come we don't have robot miners?

Seriously. Aside from the fact that it would lead to huge unemployment in West Virginia, why don't we have robot mining machines?

I mean, we've got flying robots that shoot missiles at terrorists thousands of miles away!

We've got robots exploring - and drilling - on the surface of planets millions of miles away!

And yet we still have dudes with hammers drilling coal in Appalachia?

I would think if ever there was a job ripe for automation, this is it.

Yeah, such a robot would cost a fortune, but if it got lost in a cave-in, you'd be out $400 million and not thirty-odd human lives.

What do you think? You can discuss this in the Forum.