"Digital technology is programmed. This makes it biased toward those with the capacity to write the code. In a digital age, we must learn how to make the software, or risk becoming the software. It is not too difficult or too late to learn the code behind the things we use—or at least to understand that there is code behind their interfaces. Otherwise, we are at the mercy of those who do the programming, the people paying them, or even the technology itself."
“How would you move Mt.Fuji?” was a question often employed in job interviews at Microsoft in the 90s. It belongs to a class of problems called “Fermi problems” because Fermi pioneered the way to make reasonably accurate “guesstimates” about complex phenomena from astonishingly scant data.
But with the Bagger 288, moving Mt.Fuji is a piece of cake. Listen to this:
It takes five people to operate it, and little wonder, as it has a 70-foot diameter bucket wheel. One of the buckets once picked up a large bulldozer by mistake.
The machine can process 100,000 cubic yards of material, that amounts to up to 2,500 truck loads a day — that’s the equivalent of a football field dug to 100 feet deep each day.
Some pics of this 45000-ton ultra-megatron of a machine, the World’s largest land vehicle — the Bagger-288 excavator from ThyssenKrupp built at a cost of $100 million over 10 years.
Waiting for the command to transform. And destroy.