Problem

Human errors and miscalculations


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Human error
Erroneous actions
Human fallibility
Operator error
Errors of judgement
Nature:

Given that human beings are not perfect, errors are an inevitable. If the consequences of our errors were always minor, limited, and easily remedied, it would be an error to call "error" a problem. However, the social and technological systems which man is developing are becoming more complex, thus increasing the risk that human error, miscalculation or misinterpretation of data will lead to accidents, disasters or social crises. The belief that reassigning tasks to computers is a solution is, in fact, part of the problem: ultimately, every machine depends on the competence of its human makers and operators. High technology does not decrease the possibility of human error, it increases it. Power is concentrated to the extent that a single fault can be disastrous.

Claim:

The arms race has finally provided man with the means of putting an end to his species. Political wisdom has so far averted this final disaster but it cannot insure against military miscalculation or against human or technical error, both of which could lead to the same fearful end.

Counter Claim:

To err is human, but it feels divine (Mae West).

Broader Problems:
Error
Chance
Danger
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
10.11.2017 – 19:42 CET