Lethal Arrogance: Human Fallibility and Dangerous Technologies

Lethal Arrogance: Human Fallibility and Dangerous Technologies

by Lloyd J. Dumas
     
 

Terrorists unleash lethal chemicals in a Japanese subway. Insiders steal weapons-grade uranium from a Russian Navy base. Four different American soldiers, certified as reliable for nuclear weapons duty, suffer deadly mental breakdowns at a single U. S. Navy base within a single year. As these recent events demonstrate, the intersection of high-risk technology and…  See more details below

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Terrorists unleash lethal chemicals in a Japanese subway. Insiders steal weapons-grade uranium from a Russian Navy base. Four different American soldiers, certified as reliable for nuclear weapons duty, suffer deadly mental breakdowns at a single U. S. Navy base within a single year. As these recent events demonstrate, the intersection of high-risk technology and inevitable human error can result in the very disasters our machines are designed to prevent. Lloyd J. Dumas's terrifying book chronicles past and potential calamities to shock us out of the complacent belief that we are safe in the hands of technology. From terrorism and nuclear accidents to computer viruses and power blackouts, the entire landscape of our technological culture poses the threat of swift and sudden destruction.

This book may keep you awake at night and cause you to regard your computer with newfound distrust, but it also provides a sorely needed common sense approach to risk assessment in a world fast evolving beyond our control. Dumas presents what he calls a "calculus of catastrophe," an intelligent and aware evaluation of the disasters we can foresee and prevent, the risks that are too unlikely to worry about, and even the technologies that are too hazardous to warrant their use. Lethal Arrogance sounds an urgent wake-up call to put mind over matter and exercise human judgment over technological dominance.

"Supported by a formidable list of recorded mishaps and using his powerful analytical skills, Lloyd Dumas details for us not only the growing risks our technological advances have spawned, but also how to minimize them. Lethal Arrogance is a sobering yet hopeful book for allto read." --Kosta Tsipis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Lethal Arrogance should be required reading for every U.S. Senator. Jeff Dumas' masterful expose of the inevitable risks of perpetuating and expanding nuclear arsenals worldwide must convince every thoughtful reader that it is truly arrogant to believe that humans can continue to live safely with these lethal instruments of universal destruction. His first prescription to prevent disaster, abolish weapons of mass destruction, is exactly right." --Eugene J. Carroll, Jr. Rear Admiral, USN (ret)

Editorial Reviews

An encyclopedic catalog of truly frightening stories, statistics, and analysis, presented in a surprisingly accessible form...
Bombs Away
An encyclopedic catalog of truly frightening stories, statistics, and analysis, presented in a surprisingly accessible form...
Booknews
Dumas (political economy, U. of Texas-Dallas) offers a level-headed evaluation of a host of potentially disruptive, dangerous, and in some cases lethal, technologies whose functioning depends on management by fallible, vulnerable human beings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312222512
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
11/24/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.27(d)

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