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This is a lengthy but relentlessly fascinating story about the Boeing software (MCAS) whose recent malfunction killed hundreds of people. Not just worth a read, but probably worth multiple re-reads, too. I'll be thinking about this for a long time.
spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/av

@marsroverdriver @marsroverdriver This, the Challenger accident, TMI, Chernobyl, Ford Pinto, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Taum Sauk, etc.

All these engineering failures are worth knowing inside and out.

@cj @marsroverdriver Many, if not all, of those failures were due to politics and mismanagement. Engineering aspects are simply technical details or how exactly it turned out.

@amiloradovsky

Some of the design failures were engineering oversights (not doing harmonics analysis on a bridge), some the engineers protested loudly due to the dangerous designs (NASA), and some the design was sound but construction company didn't build it to the design (sky bridge at a mall).

I don't think it's in an ethical engineers interest to just stay silent or blame up mgmt chain, they're in the best position to identify all 3 of these failure cases.

@marsroverdriver

@marsroverdriver
"The people who wrote the code for the original MCAS system were obviously terribly far out of their league and did not know it. How can they implement a software fix, much less give us any comfort that the rest of the flight management software is reliable?"

This is the money quote.

@marsroverdriver
When I started working in the industry, I received an half-day training on "how your mistakes can kill people". I wonder now if it's standard practice.
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