Useful Automation

Systems are currently automated to actively manage the task at hand, with humans shunted back to monitor the machines.

Problem is, we suck at monitoring machines; countless things can go wrong, and often times we aren’t even looking, as evidenced by the failures in the aerospace industry. Pre-automation, inattention caused crashes. Post-automation, even more inattention caused a similar number of crashes.

Perhaps we should take back the engaging driver’s seat and let the computers do the menial tasks.