Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford on the dangers of automation

“This problem has a name: the paradox of automation. It applies in a wide variety of contexts, from the operators of nuclear power stations to the crew of cruise ships, from the simple fact that we can no longer remember phone numbers because we have them all stored in our mobile phones, to the way we now struggle with mental arithmetic because we are surrounded by electronic calculators. The better the automatic systems, the more out-of-practice human operators will be, and the more extreme the situations they will have to face.”

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/11/crash-how-computers-are-setting-us-up-disaster
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