“If you’re sitting there watching the system and…

“If you’re sitting there watching the system and it’s doing great, it’s very tiring.” In fact, it’s extremely difficult for humans to accurately monitor a repetitive process for long periods of time. This so-called “vigilance decrement” was first identified and measured in 1948 by psychologist Robert Mackworth, who asked British radar operators to spend two hours watching for errors in the sweep of a rigged analog clock. Mackworth found that the radar operators’ accuracy plummeted after 30 minutes; more recent versions of the experiment have documented similar vigilance decrements after just 15 minutes.”

What NASA Could Teach Tesla about Autopilot’s Limits
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Longtime watchers of the technology sector will…

“Longtime watchers of the technology sector will note this migration from software into hardware has been a feature of computing for the last fifty years. But for all that time the cheap gains of ever-faster CPUs versus the hard work of designing and debugging silicon circuitry meant only the most important or time-critical tasks migrated into silicon.”