Innovations and human factor

An accident, which has become the most famous shipwreck in history, took place on April 15, 1912. Legendary unsinkable Titanic foundered in Atlantic Ocean.

Technology used in creating of liner was innovative. Titanic was constructed in such a way that even in case of flooding of several compartments, the ship still remained afloat. However, this was not sufficient to protect Titanic and its passengers from death. Liner hit an iceberg and number of shipwreck victims reached 1496 people on the night of April 15.

Any of technical innovations were not able to stand against human factor. Titanic sailed through area where icebergs and ice fields frequently encountered. Liner crew was repeatedly warned by teams of other vessels. Unfortunately, any of these messages didn’t come into hands of ship captain. Fatal collision can be avoided with changing of course. The second mistake, really criminal one, was a fact, that company engaged in construction of the super-ship wanted to save money with buying steel of quality lower than expected. So a collision with an iceberg caused much more severe damage than might have been expected. Damage was more serious than unsinkable design could handle with. The unsinkable ship was sunk in 2 hours after collision.

What did we understand from this story? Let us leave aside technical changes that appeared in ship construction after sinking of Titanic. Main lesson was the fact that “human factor” is able to reduce even most delightful innovation, because it opens “weak points” of each system in a most incredible way. I want to believe that after more than a hundred years after tragedy, the “human factor” will no longer bring disasters to humanity.

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