Coal Mining: Could Robots Do Humans' Dirty Work?

Coal mining has long been one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. But with so many advances in communications and robotics technology, why do humans still need to do it? Especially in the aftermath of the coal mine explosion that rocked West Virginia earlier this week, the issue seems even more relevant. If we can navigate the Mars Rover from Earth or send pilotless spy planes into enemy zones, why can't the mining industry rely on smart machines instead of risking the lives of...Full Story
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