[FoRK] The World Is Not Flat

Aaron Burt aaron at bavariati.org
Fri Jan 22 10:50:37 PST 2010

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:03:33PM -0800, Stephen Williams wrote:
> What are probably needed are technologies to make loading and
> offloading fast, automated, and nearly free energy wise.  For
> instance, imagine a train / trucking transfer point where the train
> never stops or even slows down much.  Using modular containers with
> NASA-inspired auto lockdown/release points on a flatbed, an
> automated robotic platform / arm picks and places containerlets on
> and off as the train passes by.

Back in the day, a father of a friend drove a container crane at the Port of
Seattle.  Transferring containers to/from a stack on a pitching ship deck took
some amazing skill.  This guy was a very good rally driver, BTW.

Doing something similar with a moving train might be easier.  It would piss off
the United Transportation Union and seriously freak out OSHA, tho.

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