When he died on Sept. 11, 2001, Roko Camaj became the patron saint of window cleaners.
You can see him in this image from The New York Times archive, a squeegee in his right hand, a sponge in his left. The wind is messing with his hair. The southern tip of Manhattan lies beneath him.
Mr. Camaj and his wife, Katrina, immigrated to the United States from Yugoslavia in 1969. Ms. Camaj was terrified of heights, so when Mr. Camaj got a job cleaning the glass on the uppermost reaches of the World Trade Center in the mid-1970s, he didn’t tell her the part about how he was cleaning it from the outside.
On 9/11, Mr. Camaj was at the South Tower when the plane struck the building beneath him. He called Ms. Camaj at 9:14 a.m., urging her not to panic. He died when the tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. Something that Mr. Camaj had said in a children’s book about his job served as his last words: “It’s just me and the sky. I don’t bother anybody and nobody bothers me.”
Entrepreneurs have been trying to train robots to clean skyscrapers for years and, if the technology ever gets good enough, it will be a hard day for the men and women who wield the squeegees. For decades, they’ve been risking their lives just so we can look out a clean window when we’re daydreaming — and they love it.
“Window cleaners are a very, very passionate bunch,” said David Knowlton, president of the International Window Cleaning Association. He cites the views, the variety of people you meet, the ever-changing job sites. “Most of all, in the high-rise industry,” he adds, “it’s the allure of hanging off a building.”
Tony Natoli, who owns Tony’s Window Cleaning Service in Glendale, N.Y., took up the trade not despite 9/11 but because of it. He wanted, suddenly and viscerally, to be part of the skyline somehow. Heights didn’t bother Mr. Natoli because he’d been a union stage hand for years, climbing rigs at concerts. Even his earliest window-washing jobs gave him a rush.
“First, the buildings were maybe five, seven, 10 stories,” he said. “And then I remember going up to, like, 22 stories, where they had these big 10’ x 10’ windows that pivoted open. Those windows used to get my blood going.”
Asked if there’s anyone in his life who worries that his chosen occupation is perilous, Natoli laughed. “That would be everybody,” he said. “But they respect me and I appreciate that.”
Entrepreneurs often point to the danger involved in cleaning skyscrapers when making the case for robots, possibly because it’s more politic than saying that time is rarely on the side of tradition and that most jobs that can be automated eventually are. The truth is that nationwide there are only a handful of window-washing deaths each year.
“It’s really personal error that gets in the way, so you just have to stay focused,” Mr. Natoli explained. “You only get to fall once.”
Are robots an inevitability even if regulations have made window washing safer over the years?
Historically, automated systems have left a trail of disappointed customers, including at the Twin Towers, where humans had to clean the spots that robots couldn’t. Craig Caulkins, who owns a building maintenance company in Irvine, Calif., wrote in an email that robotic systems offer only “a very limited solution. Those who buy into it have little knowledge about the product.... There are numerous videos from manufacturers who make robotic machines but we have seen no testimonials acknowledging their effectiveness.”
Skyline Robotics, a start-up based in Tel Aviv, believes that A.I. has finally come far enough that machines can do the job more quickly and cheaply. The company has raised million in seed money and hopes to be scrubbing the tristate area by next year. Co-founder Yaron Schwarcz is sensitive to the fact that if companies like his are successful they will displace workers. Still, he argued that there’s demand that currently isn’t being met and says he’s committed to helping retrain traditional cleaners to supervise the equipment and fix it when necessary.
“At the end of the day,” said Mr. Schwarcz, “tenants who are paying the big bucks and fueling all this real estate growth are paying for the view on the 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 100th floor, and they really want their windows clean.”
For his part, Mr. Natoli remains skeptical.
“I did Howard Stern’s windows,” he says. “How are you going to get the robot into Howard Stern’s apartment? Is Howard Stern going to want that robot in his apartment? Who’s going to program the robot? I think traditional window washing is going to be around a long time.”
A man after Roko Camaj’s heart.B:
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“【稳】【住】【法】【域】，【结】【阵】【飞】【遁】！” 【撕】【裂】【苍】【穹】，【动】【摇】【宇】【宙】【的】【传】【送】【光】【柱】，【在】【有】【准】【备】【的】【王】【渊】【指】【挥】【下】，【没】【能】【给】【将】【真】【仙】【法】【域】【炼】【成】【一】【片】【的】【六】【魔】【宗】【众】【人】【带】【来】【太】【大】【的】【影】【响】。 【空】【间】【晃】【动】，【天】【地】【倒】【悬】，【虚】【空】【裂】【缝】【与】【从】【其】【中】【涌】【出】【的】【虚】【空】【风】【暴】，【对】【于】【没】【了】【天】【道】【压】【制】，【可】【以】【随】【仙】【人】【心】【意】【改】【动】【现】【实】【的】【真】【仙】【法】【域】【来】【说】，【并】【不】【是】【什】【么】【太】【大】【的】【威】【胁】。 【这】【些】查双色球26期开奖结果【接】【下】【来】【一】【段】【时】【日】，【褚】【红】【颜】【都】【在】【忙】【着】【录】【翻】【唱】【的】【事】【情】，【她】【每】【天】【早】【出】【晚】【归】，【倒】【是】【把】【顾】【千】【峻】【给】【冷】【落】【了】。 【顾】【千】【峻】【在】【公】【司】【一】【直】【看】【着】【手】【机】【发】【呆】，【明】【显】【有】【些】【心】【不】【在】【焉】，【他】【的】【女】【朋】【友】【如】【今】【比】【他】【还】【要】【忙】【碌】，【想】【和】【她】【打】【个】【电】【话】，【发】【个】【消】【息】【又】【怕】【打】【扰】【她】【工】【作】，【可】【他】【又】【十】【分】【想】【念】【褚】【红】【颜】 【他】【实】【在】【是】【太】【难】【了】 【褚】【红】【颜】【录】【完】【音】，【在】【公】
“【不】【过】【是】【悠】【然】【居】【的】【人】【回】【来】【了】，【也】【值】【得】【你】【这】【样】【紧】【张】？” 【温】【老】【夫】【人】【不】【咸】【不】【淡】【的】【话】【语】【渐】【渐】【落】【下】。 【即】【便】【她】【猜】【到】，【可】【能】【事】【情】【不】【止】【如】【此】，【她】【还】【是】【忍】【不】【住】【开】【口】【讽】【刘】【妈】【妈】【一】【句】。 【之】【前】【帮】【着】【那】【几】【个】【庶】【出】【的】，【怎】【么】【想】【她】【都】【还】【是】【恼】【的】。 【屋】【内】【并】【没】【有】【亮】【灯】，【灰】【色】【的】【床】【帐】【更】【是】【遮】【挡】【了】【一】【层】【光】，【温】【老】【夫】【人】【坐】【在】【拔】【步】【床】【之】【上】，【神】【色】【晦】【暗】。