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1. What did The Human Factor make you think about your own relationship with technology? Did it make you notice any "bad fits" around you that force you to change your behaviour? Do you have your own human-tech solutions? Will you alter your purchasing habits, or professional practices, as a result of reading this book?
2. Do you agree with the Kim Vicente that our civilization is at a crossroads -- what he calls a time of "transitional instability" -- as we move from one relationship with technology into another? Did you find his argument convincing?
3. Among the most startling case studies in The Human Factor is its discussion of the complex causes of medical error, which costs tens of thousands of lives a year. Did the author persuade you that systemic faults, not individual doctors and nurses, are to blame for the majority of medical errors?
4. In the chapter on the team level of the human-tech ladder, Kim Vicente points to cultural effects in team co-ordination: have you experienced difficulties in working or living with people whose basic cultural assumptions are different from your own? How can these be effectively overcome?
5. Kim Vicente gives examples of the "dark side" of human factors engineering, from store designs that encourage people to buy more to efficient execution devices. Do you agree with him that technology is morally neutral? Should engineers take into account the possible uses of their inventions?
6. The Human Factor takes Adam Smith's ideas as a contribution to Human-tech thinking, even though Smith died in 1790. Which other thinkers or inventors do you see as part of the Human-tech revolution, whether they knew it or not?