Open thread July 7, 2017 Dan Crawford | July 7, 2017 7:10 am Tags: open thread Comments (1) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
A piece about the future of underground coal mining it will be done by joystick and remote control. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-28/looking-for-a-coal-job-better-work-on-those-playstation-skills
One interesting issue will be would existing coal miners have the fine motor skills required to mine via joystick. As hinted this will mean remote mining perhaps a long distance from the mine so no one need be underground. (In particular with the long wall mining method mentioned in the article. So the mythical coal jobs coming back will likley not be going to laid off coal miners unless they undergo a serious retraining and aquisition of fine motor skills.