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Telepresent Wastesorting Facility (idea #144)
Target Audience: Waste Management, Inc., telepresence/telesurgery companies
Description: Waste management companies spend millions of dollars shipping first-world garbage to third-world labor markets for hand-sorting-- then sometimes ship the recyclables back home for processing. What a waste! The Telepresent Wastesorting Facility eliminates shipping and reduces labor costs by allowing trashpickers to work remotely, from anywhere in the world. A satellite cross-link connects workers, who wear virtual-reality goggles and force-feedback data gloves, with their telepresent robotic proxies sorting garbage far away. And because the labor providers work virtually, you can pack them into a tight grid pattern, saving space. What's more, you can deploy the labor facility inland, where wages are even lower, rather than having to locate near a port. Best of all, if economic conditions change, or if the local workforce starts causing trouble, the Telepresent Wastesorting Facility's modular physical infrastructure can be easily dismantled, palletized, transported, and redeployed elsewhere, onto any flat concrete foundation, where the job opportunities you're providing will be more appreciated.
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