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Inviting Disaster Lessons From the Edge of Technology

Combining captivating storytelling with eye opening findings Inviting Disaster delves inside some of history's worst catastrophes in order to show how increasingly smart systems leave us wide open to human tragedyWeaving a dramatic narrative that explains how breakdowns in these systems result in such dis. The author does a good job mixing older disasters with newer ones He covers a lot of ground and a lot of disasters The insights are powerful as are the stories told around each disaster The focus is often the integration of man and machine and the flaws inherentI found this book after watching Seconds From Disaster on the National Geographic channel due to my own interest in preventing catastrophe When I was in the Special Forces the Green Berets a key component of our planning was anticipating all the possible ways things could go wrong and planning as best we could to avoid that catastrophe and preparing as well as possible to survive it if it did occurThis led me to start a new series of books It Doesn t Just Happen The Gift of Failure While the author of this book does great detail on a wide spectrum of catastrophes I focus on only 7 in each book applying the Rule of Seven Looking at the six cascade events leading up to the final catastrophe As this author notes there is always an element of human error in every catastrophe Thus every catastrophe can be avoided if we find that cascade event often than one involving human error and eliminate it I go beyond engineering disasters though to such events as the Donner Party and social disintegration leading to disaster It s an interesting area everyone should learn about whether thought this book or a show such as Second From Disaster Because we all are a lot closer to such an event than we think

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Asters as the chain reaction crash of the Air France Concorde to the meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Chiles vividly demonstrates how the battle between man and machine may be escalating beyond manageable limits and why we all have a stake in its outcomeIncluded in this edition is a special. Chiles offers a history of many disasters accidents misfortunes and contends that the increasing complexity of machines in the modern age has raised the likelihood of disasters happening He provides blow by blow descriptions of how the many disasters happened exactly what went wrong He notes that much misery might have been avoided by a true focus on safety uber alles but notes that in most instances other factors were at play Pushing to meet deadlines results in cutting corners forcing workers to work when they are over tired simple human screw ups What might have been unpleasant a hundred years ago now has the potential for mass misery When masters of machines for instance were housed in the same space there developed a sense on the part of the engineers of what sounds for example might indicate showing problems that gauges were not telling Today remote controllers who are physically removed from their charges do not have the opportunity to exercise that hands on touch and feel It bears mentioning that Chiles does not paint a completely black picture He cites instances in which corporations actually did the right thing at great cost He also notes that there are some that have established mechanisms for rewarding employees who speak upI found that while the details of the events noted here were interesting I had a hard time focusing It became a bit too dry a recitation of facts I suppose the book has value as a warning to be ever vigilant but did not move me much Wonder (The Books of Marvella, in Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set its outcomeIncluded The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase in this edition The Tunnel is a special. Chiles offers a history of many disasters accidents misfortunes and contends that the Secretos del Cosmos increasing complexity of machines The Secret Treasons in the modern age has raised the likelihood of disasters happening He provides blow by blow descriptions of how the many disasters happened exactly what went wrong He notes that much misery might have been avoided by a true focus on safety uber alles but notes that مريض الوهم in most The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death instances other factors were at play Pushing to meet deadlines results ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, in cutting corners forcing workers to work when they are over tired simple human screw ups What might have been unpleasant a hundred years ago now has the potential for mass misery When masters of machines for Doctor y campeón instance were housed La corruptrice in the same space there developed a sense on the part of the engineers of what sounds for example might Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves indicate showing problems that gauges were not telling Today remote controllers who are physically removed from their charges do not have the opportunity to exercise that hands on touch and feel It bears mentioning that Chiles does not paint a completely black picture He cites The Purpose-Guided Universe instances The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion in which corporations actually did the right thing at great cost He also notes that there are some that have established mechanisms for rewarding employees who speak upI found that while the details of the events noted here were The Academy interesting I had a hard time focusing It became a bit too dry a recitation of facts I suppose the book has value as a warning to be ever vigilant but did not move me much

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Introduction providing a behind the scenes look at the World Trade Center catastrophe Combining firsthand accounts of employees' escapes with an in depth look at the structural reasons behind the towers' collapse Chiles addresses the uestion Were the towers two tall heroes or structures with a fatal flaw. You might not want to do what I did and read this on an airline flight A collection of technological disaster scenarios Chiles digs down to explore how bad design unintended conseuences and technology and people set at cross purposes resulted in disaster I ve read a few technical journal articles on incidents mentioned in the book and while it s clear it is adapted from a TV series I wish there was a bit depth some of the incidents are described very summarily That being said it s well worth it As long as you re not in mid air


10 thoughts on “Inviting Disaster Lessons From the Edge of Technology

  1. says:

    “Vast machines running out of control might sound like something beyond human ken but one way to keep matters in perspective is to think of a frontier Americans know all about frontiers having lost our western o

  2. says:

    Accidents and disasters are often caused by simple random events or the change in a normal seuence of actions any one of which could affect the outcome Had the path of the Air France Concorde been slightly different or the piece of titanium not fallen off a DC 10 or the plane left a tad earlier or later or a sealant been used in the fuel tanks or any one of any other seemingly unimportant events taken place the plane's tire would not hav

  3. says:

    The author does a good job mixing older disasters with newer ones He covers a lot of ground and a lot of disasters The insights are powerful as are the stories told around each disaster The focus is often the integration of

  4. says:

    Chiles offers a history of many disasters accidents misfortunes and contends that the increasing complexity of machines in the modern age has raised the likelihood of disasters happening He provides blow by blow descriptions of how the many disasters happened exactly what went wrong He notes that much misery might have been avoided by a true focus on safety uber alles but notes that in most instances other factors were at play Pu

  5. says:

    Disaster porn at it's finest This book is certainly not an in depth treatment of the subject but it does provide an interesting perspectives on the commonalities inherent in the failure of complex machinery

  6. says:

    On April 27 1865 as the Civil War was winding down the steamboat Sultana was carrying released Union POWs up the Mississippi River Just north of Memphis its boilers exploded killing some people with shrapnel or boiling water staring fires that burned or suffocated others and causing others to jump into cold water where they drown

  7. says:

    You might not want to do what I did and read this on an airline flight A collection of technological disaster sce

  8. says:

    An up close and human look at some infamous foul upsIf you want to know why the Concorde crashed or how things got so foule

  9. says:

    Look This book is about technology and it's 20 years old But it's really about humans and our responsibilities when it comes to complex technology So in that way it is still very relevant And also it's not like p

  10. says:

    This type of book is my catnip so I wasn't surprised that I really enjoyed it I appreciated that it covered some lesser kn

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