View Full Version : The death knell for human ATC...

3rd Dec 2007, 19:33
In recent tests, chimps appear to have out-performed humans in critical situations such as memorising the location of numbers on screens (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7124156.stm).

So maybe NASA should have stuck with chimps too...?!

3rd Dec 2007, 19:36
Death knell for ATC? 'Cause chimps can memorise numbers? Shurely shome mishtake! Datalink should be sounding the death knell for pilots as it'll enable ATC to communicate directly with the aircrafts brain, rather than through the current carbon based interface :}


Howard Hughes
3rd Dec 2007, 22:30
Ok I'll bite, you'll actually be communicating with a data processor, not a brain!:rolleyes:

I am yet to see a computer which can say "somethings not quite right here" then take action to fix the situation. Sometimes the numbers may add up, but it is intuition that alerts you that something is wrong...:eek:

Buster Hyman
3rd Dec 2007, 22:39
So...what...am I wasting my time on a career change then???:confused:

Does that mean there'll be a heap of jobs available as Gorrilla-grams???

Howard Hughes
3rd Dec 2007, 22:42
ATCers, they're just glorified dispatchers anyway Buster...;)

Buster Hyman
3rd Dec 2007, 23:31
Probably...but the pay looks good.

Howard Hughes
4th Dec 2007, 01:01
Aww come on you'll be on D&G in no time claiming how little you are paid...;)

Buster Hyman
4th Dec 2007, 01:32
Indeed, I believe its in the job description.