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Illusion of awareness has miners playing with fire

This past August we conducted a loose experiment at the Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, Australia. At our booth, teams from various organisations were invited to participate in a simulated underground mining shift in a virtual world.

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The teams were taken into a pre-start meeting, given instructions about PPE, shift requirements, safety protocol, and task assignments. They were asked to carry out tasks efficiently and safely,...