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Old 14th Jun 2009, 06:46
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MG23
 
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Originally Posted by FrequentSLF View Post
You are inside your software box and you do not understand that without proper sensors inputs any software will not work correctly (or at all)...
True, but that doesn't mean that dumping the problem in the human's lap is going to be any safer... a pilot who doesn't know how fast the aircraft is flying may not do any better than an autopilot which doesn't know how fast the aircraft is flying (but could probably estimate it for a while based on altitude, thrust levels, attitude, last known velocity, etc)

I've worked on avionics software myself, and deciding when and how the software should give up and start screaming for a human to fix the problem is not that easy.
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