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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. The author does a good job mixing older disasters with newer ones He covers a lot of ground and a lot of disasters The insights are powerful as are the stories told around each disaster The focus is often the integration of man and machine and the flaws inherentI found this book after watching Seconds From Disaster on the National Geographic channel due to my own interest in preventing catastrophe When I was in the Special Forces the Green Berets a key component of our planning was anticipating all the possible ways things could go wrong and planning as best we could to avoid that catastrophe and preparing as well as possible to survive it if it did occurThis led me to start a new series of books It Doesn t Just Happen The Gift of Failure While the author of this book does great detail on a wide spectrum of catastrophes I focus on only 7 in each book applying the Rule of Seven Looking at the six cascade events leading up to the final catastrophe As this author notes there is always an element of human error in every catastrophe Thus every catastrophe can be avoided if we find that cascade event often than one involving human error and eliminate it I go beyond engineering disasters though to such events as the Donner Party and social disintegration leading to disaster It s an interesting area everyone should learn about whether thought this book or a show such as Second From Disaster Because we all are a lot closer to such an event than we think

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Inviting Disaster Lessons From the Edge of Technology

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

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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. Look This book is about technology and it s 20 years old But it s really about humans and our responsibilities when it comes to complex technology So in that way it is still very relevant And also it s not like plane crashes and sudden unintentional acceleration aren t still very much in the news But I imagine if this book was written today it would also include data breaches AI and the like The technology has evolved and will continue to do so but the lessons are relevant


10 thoughts on “Inviting Disaster Lessons From the Edge of Technology

  1. says:

    “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 stil

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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 piece of titanium not fallen off a DC 10 or the plane left a tad earlier or later or a sealant been used in the fuel tanks or any one of any other seemingly unimportant events taken place the plane's

  3. says:

    The author does a good job mixing older disasters with newer ones He covers a lot of ground and a lot of disasters The insights are powerful as are the stories told around each disaster The focus is often the integration of man and machine and the flaws inherentI found this book after watching Seconds From Disaster on the National Geographi

  4. says:

    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 the many disasters happened exactly what went wrong He notes that much misery might have been avoided by a true focus on safety uber alles but notes that in most instances other factors wer

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    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

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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 ex

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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 us diagrams step by step chronologies and a very human narrative to illuminate these and scores of other technological disasters in a way that makes it excruciatingly c

  9. says:

    Look This book is about technology and it's 20 years old But it's really about humans and our responsibilities when it comes to complex technology So in that way it is still very relevant And also it's not like plane crashes and sudden unintentional acceleration aren't still very much in the news But I imagine if this book was written today it would also include data breaches AI and the like The technology has evolved and will con

  10. says:

    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 incidents and near misses that I hadn't heard of before One lesson I took away from this book is to never ride a new submarine on its sea trials especially in the project is under pressure for being late You'

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