Randomness Saves Lives

11 AM October 7, 2006

Philip Greenspun writes, “The precision of modern avionics may well have contributed to” the recent 737 vs. business jet crash in Brazil. He goes on to argue that having a bit of randomness in the system makes it far less likely that two planes will end up in the same place at the same time.

This eye-witness account of the crash is also worth a read.

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