It’s Not Smart Tech If It’s Foolish

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When English mountaineer George Mallory was asked in 1923 by The New York Times why he wanted to attempt to climb Mount Everest again (after having failed in 1921 and 1922), he gave what is likely the most famous three-word answer in history.

“Because it’s there.”

Mallory may or may not have reached the top of the mountain – that remains an open question in history. But he is not credited with being the first person to hit the top of world (that was Sir Edmund Hillary) because what is not up for debate is that he did not make it back down to the bottom.

As American mountaineer Ed Viesturs famously said of climbing Mount Everest:

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