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Video: Maintenance Robots Climb Wind Towers
7/27/2012

GE Global Research has been conducting tests with International Climbing Machines' tower-climbing robots, which use vacuum force to adhere to wind towers.   (Source: International Climbing Machines)
GE Global Research has been conducting tests with International Climbing Machines' tower-climbing robots, which use vacuum force to adhere to wind towers.
(Source: International Climbing Machines)

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Charles Murray
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Climbing a tower
Charles Murray   8/15/2012 7:32:57 PM
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If you've wondered why a robot is a good idea for tower climbing, take a look at this video, which shows how a man climbs the world's tallest radio tower.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A_h2AjJaMw

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   8/16/2012 1:22:32 PM
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Wow, this is very scary. Must be a very special skillset: so what will happen to the people that are good at doing this if we have robots do it instead?

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Re: Climbing a tower
GopherT   11/19/2012 12:53:13 PM
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What will happen to high climbers? The same thing that happened to the ice man, tv repair men and buggy whip manufacturers.  On top of that, the climbers will live out the rest of their days with much lower risk jobs!

The real question is, what kinds of jobs are CREATED by this technology.  Electrical engineers, Mechanical engineers, programmers, fabricators, materials scientists, ... 

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