Myths of Automation, Part 2: Some Very Human Consequences
Robert R. Hoffman, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
John K. Hawley, Army Research Laboratory
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
In a previous essay, the myths of automation were described by reference to "deadly sins." Here, a case study is presented that illustrates the myths and their consequences. Indeed, the case study takes the word "deadly" quite literally. This article relies on material from an Army Research Laboratory (ARL) review of Patriot missile fratricide incidents. It should be noted, however, that the example recounted here is not a singularity.

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