Reply to post: Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

It's a very bad idea to have software making decisions based on the output of a single sensor. Didn't we learn that several years ago when the pitot tubes on that Airbus airliner out of Brazil iced up and that caused the plane to assume that it was stalling, and that forced a crash into the South Atlantic with no survivors?

If you are going to give software the ability to countermand the flight crew, then you need to have fault-tolerant redundant sensing systems in place to make sure that the systems on the plane have accurate information. Otherwise you arrive at the horrific logical end of "garbage in, garbage out".

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