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Human fallibility

Viktor Lawryniuk - Friday, May 14, 2010
Humans are fallible and machines are made by multiple humans, does that make machines less fallible or more?  My impression is that the  technology I work with has trended towards increased reliability over time yet when things do go wrong they seem to go very wrong.  How many offshore oil rigs have been drilling for how many years before finally we had a catastrophic failure in the Gulf of Mexico?  BP, Transocean and Halliburton all blame each other.  Government oversight was notable for its oversight (as you would expect when regulatory agencies get captured by the regulated). 

We as a civilization need to get much better at managing complexity because the future isn't getting any simpler!