31 Aug '14, 6am

Risky job? Hire an avatar! This is how we do it at #Siemens.. @Siemens_Aus

Risky job? Hire an avatar! This is how we do it at #Siemens.. @Siemens_Aus

Jack opens a door in a nuclear power plant. Inside the room is a defective pumping unit that forces cooling water through the plant's reactor core. Jack puts his toolbox down on the floor in front of the pump, reaches for a pipe wrench, and begins making repairs. After he turns the wrench several times and removes a cap, the reading on a radiation measuring device begins to rise alarmingly. However, Jack doesn't seem at all concerned by this. A few minutes later, he performs the same task as before while crouching on the other side of the unit. This time, the reading on the measuring device is comfortably located in the safe level. Jack does all his work in a very relaxed manner — and with good reason, since he is never really in danger. That's because Jack isn't a real person, but rather an avatar, a simulation of a human being. Jack “works” in a virtual nuclear power pla...

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