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    “Vast machines running out of control might sound like something beyond human ken but one way to keep matters in perspective is to think of a frontier Americans know all about frontiers having lost our western one than a hundred years ago No

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    Accidents and disasters are often caused by simple random events or the change in a normal seuence of actions any one of which could affect the outcome Had the path of the Air France Concorde been slightly different or the p

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    The author does a good job mixing older disasters with newer ones He covers a lot of ground and a lot of disasters The in

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    Chiles offers a history of many disasters accidents misfortunes and contends that the increasing complexity of machines in the modern age has raised the likelihood of disasters happening He provides blow by blow descriptions of how

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    Disaster porn at it's finest This book is certainly not an in depth treatment of the subject but it does provide an interesting perspectives on the commonalities inherent in the failure of complex machinery

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    On April 27 1865 as the Civil War was winding down the steamboat Sultana was carrying released Union POWs up the Mississippi River Just north of Memphis its boilers exploded killing some people with shrapnel or boi

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    You might not want to do what I did and read this on an airline flight A collection of technological disaster scenarios Chiles digs down to explore how bad design unintended conseuences and technology and people set at cross purposes resulted in disaster I've read a few technical journal articles on incidents mentioned in the book and while it's clear it is adapted from a TV series I wish there was a bit depth

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    An up close and human look at some infamous foul upsIf you want to know why the Concorde crashed or how things got so fouled up at Chernobyl or what went wrong at Three Mile Island this very readable book is a good place to start Chiles gives u

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    Look This book is about technology and it's 20 years old But it's really about humans and our responsibilities whe

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    This type of book is my catnip so I wasn't surprised that I really enjoyed it I appreciated that it covered some lesser known incid

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Combining captivating storytelling with eye opening findings Inviting Disaster delves inside some of history's worst catastrophes in order to show how increasingly smart systems leave us wide open to human tragedyWeaving a dramatic narrative that explains how breakdowns in these systems result in such dis Vast machines running out of control might sound like something beyond human ken but one way to keep matters in perspective is to think of a frontier Americans know all about frontiers having lost our western one than a hundred years ago No new geographic frontiers have opened for us since then but a different kind of frontier is well under way and was opening even as the West was being won It is the machine frontier and it is still unconuered A machine frontier has in a virtual sort of way the same characteristics as a geographic frontier dangers and rewards bounded at the edges by unknown territory So if we wanted to plot a movie prototype testers would be our explorers facility operators would be the cowboys and entrepreneurs eager to dominate the new markets would serve as our cattle barons While some technological dangers can be charted other risks of a new technology cannot be known with certainty or in some cases even imagined until much later James R Chiles Inviting Disaster Lessons from the Edge of TechnologyOn June 1 2009 Air France Flight 447 was cruising high above the Atlantic Ocean traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris Entering into the clouds of a large thunderstorm system the pitot tubes which measure air speed appear to have become blocked by ice crystals This blockage caused the Airbus 330 s autopilot to disengage Reacting instinctively the co pilot grabbed the controls and did exactly what I would have done in his place Yank back on the stick When you are in a plane after all and you sense danger the natural reaction is to get as far from the ground as possible To gain altitude and fast Of course I am not a pilot And you really shouldn t yank back the stick of an airplane The Airbus 330 began to climb dramatically Losing speed and with the nose up the plane which aside from the airspeed indicator was in perfectly normal operating condition began to stall Chimes and a warning voice filled the cockpit captured on a cockpit voice recorder later pulled miraculously from the sea Stall the warning voice said Stall This was repeated seventy five times To avoid a stall you need to push the nose down and gain speed Despite not being a pilot and having a sub rudimentary understanding of physics this is something even I understand The copilot however in the throes of some silent panic did not put the nose down He wanted the plane to climb away from a danger that did not exist The plane fell like a rock despite all systems go The captain who had been on break only figured out what his copilot was doing in the last seconds nearing 2000 feet without enough time to regain speed The copilot likely never understood that he had killed them all His last words were a uestion But what is happening Air France Flight 447 crashed some eight years after the publication of James R Chiles Inviting Disaster Had it occurred earlier though or if Chiles had published his book later it definitely would have been studied in these pages It is a perfect example of so many of the topics that he discusses the difficulty of understanding unseen systems the erosion of skill that comes with overreliance on technology the complacency that attends our belief in redundancies and fail safes and finally the horrendous conseuences that occur when the center is no longer holding Inviting Disaster is a survey of breakdowns that occur at the borderlands of the technological frontier where the complexities of our machines sometimes surpass our ability to control them Chiles undertakes this survey utilizing the case study method analyzing dozens of disasters and near disasters to tease out their lessons Some such as the sinking of the Thresher and the explosion of the Challenger are infamous Others are familiar if a bit unknown in the particulars the discussion on Three Mile Island for instance was uite enlightening And many have been mostly lost to history such as the Ocean Ranger drilling rig and the British submarine Thetis Chiles organizes these mishaps into thematic chapters that illustrate a certain point For example his account of Three Mile Island comes in the chapter on hidden systems demonstrating what can happen when a piece of technology becomes too big to comprehend with a single pair of eyes or even many pairs of eyes Here Chiles compares a 19th century engineer watching the pressure of his boiler with the reactor operators at TMI 2 who were unable to eyeball the maze of pipework that cooled the reactor and therefore believed that the water level was getting too high when in fact just the opposite was true Other chapters are devoted to the dangers of rushing technology to meet a deadline eg the Challenger the trouble that comes from failing to perform proper tests and the always present human element such as Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 that gradually lost altitude and crashed into the Everglades while its tunnel focused crew attempted to confirm whether the landing gear was down Thankfully it s not all mayhem death and the rending of garments Chiles also covers near misses such as Apollo 13 and looks at the precautions and protocols followed by high risk industries such as explosive manufacturers and helicopter linemen that manage exceptional safety records Overall Chiles does a decent job in narrating the myriad crashes explosions and breakdowns He is focused on forensic examinations meaning that you will mostly have to look elsewhere for the human side of the story While the overall outline provided by the themed chapters is helpful Chiles tends to needlessly confuse things by jumping manically from one topic to the next Often he will start to make a point and just as he s almost there start talking about something else I m still waiting for him to finish his story about the Thetis At times Chiles is like an overexcited kid so eager to tell you everything he s learned that he ends up creating a word salad I am not going to go so far as to say that Inviting Disaster is an important book though it clearly wants to be thought of that way It also did not entirely convince me that we are drifting into a machine fueled apocalypse Indeed I tend to think that future tech such as airplane autopilots and self driving cars are likely a good thing I m worried about how late stage capitalism reacts to a significant portion of its workforce being made obsolete by robots Robotics is not mentioned at all That said Inviting Disaster did get me thinking a bit While reading this on a commuter train I couldn t help but look around and attempt to spot all the stress points the danger zones the things that might snap or crack or fray or detach leading to the dreaded cascading failure No one ever went broke warning of an impending disaster Eventually it happens which is just in the nature of probabilities Most of the time however as Chiles acknowledges things do not go wrong With that said Chiles is not wrong to sound a note of caution I d go so far as to say that parts of Inviting Disaster reads like prophecy His discussion of Aero Peru 603 s static port sensor tube problems which sent it into the Pacific in 1996 sounds a lot like Air France 447 s pitot tube malfunction His offhand mention of the space shuttle Columbia s heat tile issue in 1981 the critical tiles on the bottom of the shuttle stayed on so the craft was spared having a hole burned through its aluminum skin upon reentry chillingly prefigures the craft s death in 2003 along with all seven astronauts onboard It is easy to mock Cassandra while forgetting that Cassandra was right It is easy to forget that cutting edge technology can really cut Sometimes we forget right up to the point where a Boeing 737 MAX falls twice from the clouds or a GPS and radar euipped container ship like the El Faro sails right into a Category 3 hurricane At that point it is too late to start paying attention

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Introduction providing a behind the scenes look at the World Trade Center catastrophe Combining firsthand accounts of employees' escapes with an in depth look at the structural reasons behind the towers' collapse Chiles addresses the uestion Were the towers two tall heroes or structures with a fatal flaw You might not want to do what I did and read this on an airline flight A collection of technological disaster scenarios Chiles digs down to explore how bad design unintended conseuences and technology and people set at cross purposes resulted in disaster I ve read a few technical journal articles on incidents mentioned in the book and while it s clear it is adapted from a TV series I wish there was a bit depth some of the incidents are described very summarily That being said it s well worth it As long as you re not in mid air Willy the Wizard in depth look at the structural reasons behind the towers' collapse Chiles addresses the uestion Were the towers two tall heroes or structures with a fatal flaw You might not want to do what I did and read this on an airline flight A collection of technological disaster scenarios Chiles digs down to explore how bad design unintended conseuences and technology and people set at cross purposes resulted Off-side in disaster I ve read a few technical journal articles on Esclava Medieval: La Sumisión retorcida en Placer por un Matrimonio de Conveniencia (Novela Romántica y Erótica en Español: Fantasía nº 1) (Spanish Edition) incidents mentioned Enséñame más in the book and while Wonder (The Books of Marvella, it s clear Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set it The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase is adapted from a TV series I wish there was a bit depth some of the The Tunnel incidents are described very summarily That being said Secretos del Cosmos it s well worth The Secret Treasons it As long as you re not مريض الوهم in mid air

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Asters as the chain reaction crash of the Air France Concorde to the meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Chiles vividly demonstrates how the battle between man and machine may be escalating beyond manageable limits and why we all have a stake in its outcomeIncluded in this edition is a special Disaster porn at it s finest This book is certainly not an in depth treatment of the subject but it does provide an interesting perspectives on the commonalities inherent in the failure of complex machinery