Re: WTC and Low Tech

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Sep 21 2001 - 12:20:40 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> > Sorry, I can't see a rope being much better than jumping.
> I dont see why not. Even something as terrifying as
> rappelling down the side of a tall building would beat
> the hell outta sitting up there waiting to either suffocate
> on choking fumes, burning or getting buried in the rubble of
> a collapsing tower. Evidently a few WTCers decided a few
> seconds of freefall with zero chance of survival was
> preferrable to these fates.
> Better idea than rappelling gear: an emergency belt that is
> connected to a steel cable on a reel next to all windows.

There is a system already out there for tall buildings. It releases a
long net tube that extends to the ground. You jump into the tube and as
you drop further and further, the tube stretches and tightens around
you, slowing you down till you reach bottom. I've seen demonstrations of
the system and it is very very cool, it could be used on a regular basis
in evacuation drills as well.

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