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Author Tamang, Suzanne ♦ Kopec, Danny
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Subject Keyword Safety-critical systems ♦ Software bugs ♦ Human errors ♦ Medical errors ♦ Complex systems ♦ Technical disasters ♦ Software engineering
Abstract Computers are the pervasive technology of our time. As computers become critically tied to human life, it also becomes more important that interactions with them are under control. They are no longer a novelty, but are integrated into the fabric of our world, performing both high and low-level tasks. That is, computers may be used to eliminate heavy, redundant work and more sophisticated machines have been deployed to perform remote surgery or detect subterranean landmines in repopulated civilian areas. The increasing importance of computers in our lives means that it is essential that the design of computer systems incorporates techniques that can ensure reliability, safety, and security. This paper will examine technological mishaps involving the use of computers. This review will include notorious software bugs that have affected finance, communication, transit, defense, health and medicine and other systems or industries. The sequences and etiology of these "accidents" will be discussed as well as how catastrophes may be avoided in the future through lessons and practices based on artificial intelligence research.
Description Affiliation: The City University of New York, New York (Tamang, Suzanne) || Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York (Kopec, Danny)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1978-02-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGCSE Bulletin (SGCS)
Volume Number 39
Issue Number 2
Page Count 5
Starting Page 180
Ending Page 184


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