Monday, January 08, 2007

Build a Robot to scale everest

I just had a great idea. I want to build a robot that can scale everest and clean off all the disposed compressed air canisters.

I watched a special this week on Discovery channel: "Everest, Beyond the Limit". It was a great show, but the most dramatic moment of the show was when the expedition passed an injured and dying climber and they just had to leave him on the side of the mountain, because the air is so thin and the terrain so rugged that it is pretty much impossible to pull a man down from the mountain. And lots of people have died up there and there are all these dead bodies on the trail up the mountain. There are also lots of disposed air cannisters laying around.

And it is never going to get any easier or any more possible for humans or hellicopters to get up there. But a robot could do it. A robot could bring home those discarded cannisters. There is just something about knowing the top of the world is clean. And then it could also rescue people who couldn't get down the mountain themselves.

I'd better hurry up and sharpen my AI and my robotic skills.