Landing Gear

A robotics professor once told me that if a plane lands hard on the runway, that means the pilot took over the controls. The computer wouldn’t make the mistake. The New Yorker’s Maria Konnikova provides an interesting look at the hazards of going on autopilot. “What we’re doing is using human beings as safety nets or backups to computers, and that’s completely backward. It would be much better if the computing system watched us and chimed in when we do something wrong.” Wait, I thought that’s what social media was for.

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