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The RISKS Digest Volume 31 Issue 12
Between 01/01/2017 and 02/28/2019, the FDA's MAUDE (Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience) database reports the following events: 29 deaths, 72 injuries, 306 malfunctions, and 10 other attributed to Brand Name: da vinci, Manufacturer: intuitive, and product code: nay (System, Surgical, Computer Controlled Instrument).
medicine  robots  failure  bubble2 
yesterday by yorksranter
What went wrong with the Boeing 737 Max 8
As airlines and safety regulators worldwide scramble to understand why two Boeing 737 Max 8 jets crashed in chillingly similar accidents, more indications are pointing to how an automated anti-stalling system may be linked to the model’s unusually deadly debut.

The safety feature—the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS)—appears to have sent both planes into their fatal dives as pilots struggled to keep aloft. The 737 Max 8 and 9 were grounded by regulators around the world last week.

Here are key details that have been reported—most significantly by the Seattle Times—about a series of engineering, regulatory, and political missteps that preceded software being installed on a widely used plane without pilots apparently fully understanding its risks.
boeing  737  737Max8  failure  risk  2019 
2 days ago by zzkt
Some people are calling the 737MAX tragedies a #software failure. Here's my response: It's not a software problem...
software  737  boeing  risk  failure  2019 
2 days ago by zzkt
Why we should be honest about failure
March 15, 2019 | Financial Times | by Janan Ganesh.

"Disappointment is the natural order of life. Most people achieve less than they would like".

Failure — not spectacular failure, but failure as gnawing disappointment — is the natural order of life. Most people will achieve at least a little bit less than they would have liked in their careers. Most marriages wind down from intense passion to a kind of elevated friendship, and even this does not count the roughly four in 10 that collapse entirely. Most businesses fail. Most books fail. Most films fail.

You would hope that something so endemic to the human experience would be constantly discussed and actively prepared for. Ganesh regrets that failure is unacknowledged, little discussed, except as a character-building phase.....For many people, failure will be just that, not a nourishing experience or a bridge to something else. It will be a lasting condition, and it will sting a fair bit.......Our inability to look [commonness of failure] in the eye is...inadvertently [making] the experience of failure more harrowing than it needs to be. By reimagining it as just a [way station] before ultimate triumph, those who find themselves stuck there must feel like aberrations, when their experience could not be more banal......[in some cases, career failure]...was just the law of numbers doing its impersonal work.....In almost all professions, there are too few places at the top for too many hopefuls. Lots of blameless people will miss out. Whether at school or through those excruciating management guides, a wiser culture would not romanticise failure as a means to success. It would normalise it as an end......Those who overcome setbacks to achieve epic feats tend to universalise their atypical experience. Amazingly bad givers of advice, they encourage people to proceed with ambitions that are best sat on, and despise “quitters” when quitting is often the purest common sense.
bouncing_back  disappointment  failure  Janan_Ganesh  mediocrity  setbacks  the_human_condition  underachievement 
5 days ago by jerryking
How Sears Lost the American Shopper - WSJ
It once dominated retailing—an oral history of its undoing from executives and employees who lived it
failure  business  retail 
5 days ago by ramitsethi
MRI disabled every iOS device in facility : sysadmin
5 months later, everybody knows about this, but still a pretty crazy failure mode, and a really impressive call on the part of this reddit commenter
helium  electronics  diagnose  failure  cool 
5 days ago by aaronbeekay
FIU bridge that collapsed had key design mistake, experts say. | Miami Herald
very well-sourced story about a mistake that seems like it... basically should not have happened
bridge  design  engineering  structures  failure  accident 
5 days ago by aaronbeekay

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