Friday, May 22, 2009

Death by Human Error Trumps Technology Again

Article on Live Science by Benjamin Radford 18 May 2009

I don't know if the author is trying to be controversial on purpose, but this is a terrible article.

The author says "human error causes far more damage and kills far more people than computer or technological failures."
Also "In these cases and many others, accidents happen when inexperienced people intentionally ignore important safety systems designed by scientists and engineers. Safety guidelines, regulations, and devices are there for a reason, and though many people distrust technology, history shows us that we pay a terrible cost for human error, instinct, and overconfidence."

He does quote some examples but I won't repeat them because they simply show how little this person understands. The idea that technology may cause or contribute to errors is completely missed.

I'm not impressed.

Andy Brazier

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