Blog Post 8

The argument Carr presents has yet again one of many sides and with no one definite answer. One argument posed in the article is the trade-off between safety and maneuverability of our airliners are as advanced and as safe as they’ve ever been. But are also difficult to operate and understand as well and ever. “We’ve gone from a world where automation was a tool to help the pilot control his workload, to a point where the automation is really the primary flight control system in the aircraft”. The statement here in the given quote is very debatable about whether or not this should be considered a good thing. Research is showing flight experience without automation leads to the trainees increased success in situations that contain high stress. While the lack of experience proved many pilots to “barely exceed the limits of acceptability”. Are we going to place or are we placing our trust in the pilots? Or are we placing our trust in the plane when we board the flight? This increase in aviation technology has received an extensive praise and also equal criticism. Pilots in World War I declined the opportunity to utilize an automation system in their planes, relying on their acquired knowledge and skill to maneuver their aircrafts. In 1959, NASA astronauts rebelled against NASA’s intentions of removing the manual controls from their spaceships. Which fought back against the gradual push to eliminate human interaction and place our complete trust in the automation system instead. As far as the rhetorical use, I saw a large amount of information in favoring of keeping manual operations around rather than converting over to a completely automated mechanism all the way. Carr does present several scenarios that highlight the glimmer of technology, but the bias is clear that human interaction shouldn’t be eliminated entirely. At the beginning on the first page of this excerpt, Carr gives two examples of cases where technology has attempted to correct an error in a plane’s flight path, only to be disrupted by the pilot. In both given examples the planes crashed which killed multiple or even all passengers aboard the planes. Using these examples give this kind of scare tactic and Carr leaves the reader pondering the idea if a plane’s cockpit is glass cage or not.

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