I agree, this story is amazing because at the end of the day life-saving technologies are priceless. From medical devices to practical on-the-fly solutions like this one, I am amazed at how accurate and multi-functional technology has become. I agree with the contributors below that we should have technologies to help prevent disasters and to create ones in case we need to rescue others. For example, the recent earthquakes and floods worldwide mean that rescue workers would've needed devices like the one discussed.
I agree; like when business gurus cite Microsoft as an example of how to build a company when everyone inside and nearby knows MS was the most fabulous combination of luck and happenstance. The real trick is not fouling up when one of those freak opportunities presents itself. In Chile's case, the mine collapse stabilised, the equipment was available, and worked, those in charge organized a perfect rescue, and the camera fully entitled to some good PR.
(Sadly, in NZ, the situation was different, may they rest in peace.)
I agree that it is unfortunate that you needed a disaster to have this amazing camera built...but frankly how else such a development could had been envisioned? how could you build a business case for a new product that relies on some unpredictable events? assume a certain frequency of mining disasters??? Kris
It often takes a disaster to shake up an industry - now come the hard yards keeping up the momentum when the media has forgotten it. There isn't much in the news today. I also fear for activists seeking industrial safety reform in Chile; would they be at more or less risk from unscrupulous mine bosses than their predecessors in the US or Europe? Time to check if you have shares in a mining conglomerate, maybe write to the board?
That's a great story and it's great that CCV was able to produce a 1.375-inch diameter camera so quickly that helped rescue the trapped miners. This really is a case of going beyond the call of duty for a good cause.
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