MS Patents Emergency Services Technology
I’ve always said I wouldn’t want the responsibility associated with writing software with people’s lives are at stake if I erred. Not that I don’t trust myself – beyond the fact I’m human. But such things can and do happen outside of air traffic control towers:
Emergency services already use computer systems – and some of these have gone wrong in spectacular fashion. Up to 20 people died in 1992 as a result of the introduction of a computer system for London ambulances, against union warnings. So prior art abounds. As will bad taste jokes about rebooting.
A story from the UK’s "Register" newspaper.