How technology is robbing us of our old abilities

The Glass Cage. Where Automation Is Taking Us. By Nicholas Carr Bodley Head, €16.35. Reviewed by Brendan Daly.

22nd February, 2015
Otto the automatic pilot in Airplane!: while automation makes our life easier, Nicholas Carr argues that it leads to the erosion of our skills

On May 31, 2009, an Air France Airbus A330 departed from Rio de Janeiro, bound for Paris. Three hours into the flight, the jet encountered a storm. When the airspeed sensors became encrusted in ice, the autopilot disconnected. In panic, the co-pilot started to pull on the control stick.

The jet climbed abruptly, losing velocity. When the air-speed sensors began working again, they indicated that the jet was going too slow.

Yet the co-pilot persisted in pulling...

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