Tech just isn’t for techies: Germanwings, Emojis and Game Boy


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Over the past couple weeks there have been several debates about how we can make our planes safer following a co-pilot crashing a Germanwings plane into the French Alps. Many of these debates centre around better screening of crew members for mental illness and never leaving one pilot in the cockpit.

But amongst these debates, some aviation experts are saying that we don’t need anyone in the cockpit.

According to the New York Times: “Advances in sensor technology, computing and artificial intelligence are making human pilots less necessary than ever in the cockpit. Already, government agencies are experimenting with replacing the co-pilot, perhaps even both pilots on cargo planes, with robots or remote operators.”

Amy Pritchett, an associate professor of aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology warns: “If you put more technology in the cockpit, you have more technology that can fail.”

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More evidence suggests that we’re interacting less with each other because of smartphone use. This one says we’re having less sex because of them. But then again, maybe technology can make sex better.

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