Doug Vining Hacking a jet plane

When we wrote this MindBullet more than two years ago, we weren't hoping it would come true.

This news story shows how some ideas might be crazy, but don't think they can't happen!
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Posted: 12 April 2013 at 14:56

Doug Vining Forgetting what we know

When electronic calculators landed up on every desk, and in every school pupil's satchel, we soon forgot how to do mental arithmetic. Once you come to rely on your cell phone, you no longer remember the number for your boss or spouse - you don't have to.

Google makes us stupid. That's the theory that says, as we rely on Google to provide the answers, we don't need to know as much, just where to find it. We're breeding a generation of highly skilled, but less knowledgeable people. Of course, allowing machines to do more of the work frees us up to spend more energy on creative thinking and innovation.

But it's not such a good idea to let the machines take over too much - then we forget how to drive without GPS, or fly a plane without autopilot. A number of incidents highlight the fact that there's no time to do a refresher course in an emergency, when the autopilot fails. So it's good practice to fly in manual mode more often than you need to, or find your way without GPS occasionally, just to keep your hand in. Or do some mental arithmetic to stimulate your brain.

This quote from the Atlantic article makes the point: "As automation technologies become more complex, relying on interdependencies among algorithms, databases, ...
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Posted: 5 November 2013 at 10:10

Doug Vining Hacking a plane

Could a hacker get control of an airliner through its wireless interfaces? That was the scenario posed by our MindBullet of 2010. Now there's evidence that this has already happened.
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Posted: 18 May 2015 at 10:39
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