Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 2014 E250 Bluetec 4-Matic, 1983 240D 4-Speed
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While I am entirely ignorant on the detail design of the new sub atomic particle examination instrument, I am very familiar with nuclear power plant design details. I am also fully aware of the TMI incident. The problems with such systems is they use humans to run them, and humans do dumb things because they get bored.
TMI failed because a pressure relief valve failed open. The valve drained the primary fluid from the plant. The operators had the status of the valve, open, displayed on their control panels and decided the valve was ok and the position sensor was wrong. Then they had instruments tell them the water level was too low, and decided those instruments were wrong. Then they had an indication that the fuel temperature was too hot and decided that could only happen if they were melting down, and ignored that. l
If you want a world with no machines that break down, get rid of the humans. Most car accidents happen because of incompetence by the operator. Even in cases where the manufacturer gets blamed, like the Firestone tires on Ford Explorers accidents. People were driving those vehicles with very low air pressures. And the Ford engineers "fixed" a suspension problem with lower than normal air pressure in the tires, making the likelihood of unsafe air pressures increase substantially.
Humans are the problem. With a new machine like the instrument you are so scared of the human error factor is generally lower. Humans get more incompetent when what they are doing is repetitive and boring. Like watching a status board in a control room with blinking red and yellow lights. Not quite the same as running away from a tiger or a bear to stay alive. Jim