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What the 737 MAX’s return tells us about automation

Dr Ashley Nunes is a consultant and academic, holding positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Law School. He previously led research projects sponsored by the US Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation. In this article, he argues that the lesson learned from the 737 MAX debacle should be that automation, like any technology, requires major, and sometimes hidden, trade offs.The longest grounding of a commercial jet is set to end. Sometime this week, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to certify the Boeing 737 MAX fit to fly. The aeroplane was grounded in 2019 following two crashes. The first involved a Lion Air jet which killed all 189 people on board. Months later, a second MAX jet, operated by Ethiopian Airlines,

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