Blog - Human-Centered design vs "Lights-out" automation: Not a zero-sum game

Over 10 years ago I attended one of my first Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium quarterly meetings. One of the heated topics discussed at this meeting was the "lights-out" scenario for future plants. Time has passed and we still have humans "in the loop". Recently, this topic once again is gaining attention and for some very good reasons. There have been significant improvements in remote monitoring that now enable companies to reduce human exposure to potentially hazardous environments. Risk reduction is certainly a direction we want to go but are there hidden problems?

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