lect21_S07 - Why Things Lecture 21 Standard Disclaimer...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
W hy Things Bite Back: The Forgotten Milieu of Being Human Engineering 100 J. Daida Lecture 21 Standard Disclaimer: These lecture notes are provided as a SERVICE to you to help you study for this class. At no time are we obligated to provide notes for every lecture. Understand that these notes are NOT a replacement for either coming to lecture or for the class readings. Indeed, these notes represent only a PARTIAL SET, which means it's up to you to attend class (or to find someone else's notes) to fill in the SUBSTANTIAL fraction of the lecture that has been left out of these notes. Indeed, these notes may represent only a draft and may be based on last term's lectures (which may or may not be repeated in their entirety for this term.) If it turns out that attendance to the class drops below 80%, we reserve the right to reduce the amount of content in these notes. If it turns out that attendance to the class drops below 80%, we also reserve the right to discontinue the distribution of these notes either before or after lecture. Copyright: © 2007, Jason M Daida. All Rights Reserved. Preview Background Case Study (Mann Gulch) Review and Conclusions As engineers, we focus so much on the technology that sometimes we forget for whom the technology was created. So for today, we’ll look at people and the role technology plays in the drama of life… Engineering… W e… … who have goals …who don’t agree with everything …who recognize that we can’t do it alone … who need things to accomplish those goals …who use science and math to consider those things … to communicate accurately and precisely how things work and why some things are better than others …so that things can be made …and improved upon. Involves people Uses dreaming Involves argumentation Involves teamwork Involves technology Involves scientific reasoning Requires abilities to reason and argue in quantitative terms Involves ability to translate ideas into things Seeks to enhance things Background Even great technology does not make us immune to the human condition Technological Superiority ± Winning Background Technology can have unintended consequences in critical decision-making Illusion of control Illusion of safety Illusion of security Illusion of strength Illusion of well-being Illusions stem from assumptions of what technology can do Background Modern tragedies are shaped by seemingly insignificant and inconsequential mistakes Faulty Assumptions result in… Compounded errors that get amplified within a… Nonlinear system Consequently… Tragedies can arise from a chain of seemingly inconsequential mistakes “In a modern tragedy you have to watch out for little details rather than big flaws.” –Maclean, 1992, p. 56
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Background To avert further tragedy, one must often resort to a structural solution Systemic Structure (generative) Patterns of Behavior (responsive) Events (reactive) From Lecture 13
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course ME 100 taught by Professor Jasondaida during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

Page1 / 11

lect21_S07 - Why Things Lecture 21 Standard Disclaimer...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online