Water Explosion by David R./flickr

A Bloody Good System

Fixing problems You work as a field engineer for a very large factory, and your job is to traverse the entire facility each day and ensure the water pipes are not leaking. Fortunately, the factory invested in some nifty sensors that can notice a small break when it happens. Your ... Read more »

Day 10 by Jay Reed, https://flic.kr/p/usCAS

Cancer: when orderly processes go awry

Let’s say you are a customs and immigration officer at an international airport. You have two important tasks to perform. First, you need to ensure an efficient flow of traffic through your station. This means making sure the people get through in a timely manner. But equally important, you ... Read more »

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