We realize that “it could be worse” is small comfort to someone who spends their workday staring at the clock and fantasizing about taking a shit on the boss’ desk. But, unfortunately, that’s the best we can do. So, the next time you’re having a bad day, remember that you could be clocking in as a …
No matter how sophisticated the sensors or simulations, at some point a real human being has to be the first one to climb inside a new, dangerous machine and intentionally crash that sucker. If you’re the type who enjoys the thought of taunting the Grim Reaper in exchange for a paycheck, you’ll always have work.
For example, following World War II, the invention of steadily more souped-up airplanes presented a quandary: It was believed the extreme upper limit of human tolerance was 18 Gs, so a pilot bailing out of a damaged aircraft at speeds approaching the sound barrier was effectively a death sentence. Or was it?
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