One easy way to understand this is thinking of the fact there has been nothing invented that can help a human get to the top of a building that would allow for simply stepping by their bipedal power. Even though something humans can step on that gradually takes them higher exists only in science fiction and our dreams, we must deal with our cruel reality: Elevators are the only way to get to the top of a tall building.
The lift’s time has come, and we’re being given an opportunity to negotiate once impossible routes to the top of the building. The beauty of a cube-with-doors-and-buttons-and-a-vague-feeling-someone-may-be-watching-you-via-CC-SECURITY-CAM will not be contained by “up” or “down”. Imagine an elevator that hermetically seals you in and reaches 2 or 3 G’s as you blaze from the mezzanine lobby to the hotel gym in neck cracking time. Stepping into the hallway you achieve an adrenaline high that you can only get by pressing a button and having it satisfactorily blaze up in acknowledgement that you are going somewhere. Step off your creaking, pausing then swinging box on a line, take a moment to take a breath and have a personal moment of clarity about the critical role elevators play for all mankind.
The elevator ride is a metaphor for perfection – dried linearly tight and flying sublime, the elevator rising and falling, taking you anywhere you want to go that corresponds to a button on a panel. Can an elevator take you to Brazil? Ibiza? Where’s the button to travel through a wormhole? You won’t find that button today. After all, elevators have limits. Elevators have weaknesses and are generally not to be trusted, just like everyone else you know.
Both of those problems, perhaps there are 3 problems in that last paragraph, could be solved at once if German firm Thyssen Krupp has its way, and elevators become mankind’s only form of transportation. Its new Multi Mag Accel-o-vators(c)(tm 2014) ditch cables in favor of magnetic linear motor technology (also used in maglev trains to power them through derailments and head on train-to-train collisions) to move both horizontally and vertically.
Can you think of an usually shaped building that a Multi Mag Accel-o-vator could move in sudden jerky directions to power through? Write it down.
Via: Dezeen, The Verge, SlashGear0