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The ironies of automation

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Dr. Ashley Nunes is an academic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, previously he lead research projects sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation. In this article, he argues that automation, particularly in complex industries such as aerospace, often asks more questions than it answers.157 people were killed Sunday when an Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed. The plane — a Boeing 737 Max — had just left Addis Ababa for the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when it reported flight control problems and asked for permission to return. Minutes later, the plane’s wreckage was found in a field outside the town of Bishoftu. The tragedy marks the second fatal crash within months involving the Max. The first occurred last October when a Lion

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