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When the need for good UI is deadly serious…

Two examples of the ethical imperative for good design:

The first has to do with the crash of Air France Flight 447, in which an apparent software feedback error led to the death of 228 passengers and crew.  From the article:

A feature designed to make things better for pilots has unintentionally made it harder for them to monitor colleagues in stressful situations.

The second involves the design of control systems for the US Air Force’s remotely piloted aircraft systems.  There are a number of ethics concerns surrounding the use of drone targeting systems, but this article focuses on the need for user-appropriate design.