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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by arkitect, Aug 27, 2009.
This could easily have been very tragic
Just another example of why automated responses or allowing computers to always think for themselves when interpreting data is not always the best idea even if it is cheaper.
Sky-Net! Sky-Net! Sky-Net!
Oh hey, what's that bright flash on the horizon?
At least they scrambled a fighter, rather than just fire a missile like some nations have done in the past.
Isn't that the truth.
Of course now that the US is spending more on developing drones than training pilots
We're not going to be flying "the friendly skies" for much longer.
Drones are still piloted by humans - the only difference is a human life is not put in jeopardy by being in the jet itself.
Oh, and take it from someone who works in the industry, the US is most definitely NOT spending more on drones than training pilots, not even by a long shot.
Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) are NOT drones. Drones are remote controlled targets for missile and gun testing/practice. UAVs are flown by actual certificated pilots, so there is still just as much spending on pilots as before... maybe even more.
The passengers are lucky
Eventhough indian pilots normally follow protocols, the border is so sensitive that you are seconds away from disaster.
Especially after the mumbai incidents....
These processes are automated in part because they are generally superior to human response. If you didn't have dedicated, automated, electronic IFF, you would see MORE friendly fire and civilian casualty incidents, not less.
This is the truth of modern warfare. Many people are uncomfortable with it, which is understandable, but these people also generally don't understand warfare.
But where was the automation in this story? The pilot tuned in the wrong transponder code. The Indian military launched the fighter. The pilot fixed the transponder code. The military recalled the fighter.
This is the way the "system" should work. Humans were in the loop the whole time.