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Grunts will just be beta testing these to work out the bugs before they're pure fleeted to their impending combat force- T-Unit Hunter-Killers.
 

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This seems a bit like claiming that modern stability systems/autopilot lead to pilots being unable to fly.
Frighteningly- that's exactly what is happening. I have a friend who is a pilot and pilot trainer with JetBlue, and one of his main functions is conducting recently-required yearly "basic flying" requalification for pilots. He explained to me that due to cockpit automation pilots have become passengers whose job it is to keep an eye on the computers that are actually flying the planes.

He described how JetBlue has been forced to make changes relating specifically to the problem of "passenger pilots" and began requiring "basic flying" yearly requals and removing free Wi-Fi in the cockpit. He said that pilots basically go over checklists, communicate with tower/groundcrew/gate/passengers, monitor flight computers, and keep their hands "close" to the controls during takeoff/landing- otherwise they spend their time on their laptops watching movies/porn, playing games, and surfing the net. It became such an issue that JetBlue even took away their free internet in the cockpit.

He flies Internationally, and says he used to find it humorous thinking about how if only all the folks "back there" had any clue about what was actually going on "up here" in the cockpit- they'd never want to fly again... until he started to realize that the pilots were literally forgetting how to physically fly the aircraft.

After several loss-of-life incidents involving automated flight controls and widespread random basic competency pilot test failures, JetBlue began requiring yearly pilot "flight retraining" on the simulator. And that's what my friend does for them when he's not watching movies in the cockpit of a Caribbean-bound JetBlue Airbus.

It's no joke, and it's damn scary.
 

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And as the Engineer all you do is monitor it, overide only if needed.
And therein lies the true evil of autonomous integrated digital systems... I can't believe anyone would voluntarily get on a plane after finding out that hundreds of people have been killed by automated flight control systems that actively overrode the human pilots' inputs and flew perfectly operating aircraft straight into the ground.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE- IT. IS. MURDER. People MUST be held accountable.
 

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While distressing, I can accept human and mechanical failure, but when a machine is allowed to forcibly override a human's input which results in the death of every human on board the machine- that is intentional CRIMINALITY, and those responsible for it's design should be charged with MURDER.
 

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but aviation technology has progressed to the point where the risks that automation introduce are greatly outweighed by benefits when it comes to safety.
In many cases, yes, but in others- a big HELL NO!

Unsafe at any altitude...


Fines don't cut it- people need to go to jail...

 

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The issue was created by people attempting to design a machine that protects humans from themselves. And therein lies the impudence: the human end user must always have complete command and control of the machine- not the machine, not the software engineer, not the manufacturer, not the services provider... but the human being with their life on the line.

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Asimov's First Law should be updated to include:

A robot may not injure a human being or, through [action or] inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Every person who knowingly takes part in designing, testing, promoting, and implementing systems that allow erroneous sensor data to empower autonomous control systems to bypass direct human input without immediate human override capability should face jail time (that's how you slow down this off-the-rails technology train of terror).

And, in my opinion, all integrated autonomous digital control systems should retain direct mechanical connection (minimally- for redundant backup). Actively removing one's physical control over a machine in exchange for "trusting the computer" is simply... insane.

But, to each their own.
 

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Absolutely.

I am not an engineer or a pilot, but people whose opinion I respect have shared with me that they feel Boeing's terminal error with the 737 Max has been that in their effort to remain competitive with Airbus they've shoehorned engines onto the 737 that are too large for the airframe and it cannot mechanically cope with them (AoA), and the MCAS system is Boeing's "software solution" that is required to keep the aircraft in the air.

From my perspective, when you start with an aircraft with a service record as stellar as the 737 and alter it to the point that it takes a computer to keep it in the air- you've gone too far. In this case, the computers haven't made the aircraft better- they've made it deadly. And there's hundreds of innocent passengers that have lost their lives because of it.

To me- that's unforgivable.
 
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New Vortex podcast discussing the NGSW optic -

That's very informative- thanks.

It is encouraging to hear that it's simply an analog, etched reticle low-power variable optic integrated with "digital enhancements". When everything is working as designed (batteries/power, electronics/software, connectivity/communication)- it has some very impressive "smart" capabilities.

And in the real world (where Murphy enforces the law)- it's simply a traditional, manually-operated "dumb" glass telescope. I like that.

Seeing the contract being awarded to a relatively small American company with US-sourced parts (including glass) being fabricated and assembled in WI is outstanding.
 
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