Practice English Speaking&Listening with: History of human factors

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MAN: To err is human.

For this reason, we've made mistakes as we conquered frontiers,

and with skies beckoning,

we tried and tried to fly, but physics wasn't on our side.

Then with a little bit of hot air, we finally beat gravity

and powered right into the wild blue yonder,

and it wasn't long before we slipped into the First World War.

Amazingly, more people were killed by poor decisions

and sloppy training than machine guns and dogfights.

But with lessons learned,

we blitzed our way through into the Second World War

and aviation began to streamline.

More power, more dials, more speed.

But sadly, a lot more stress.

So, we introduced science

and the first rudimentary simulator started to trick reality.

Then finally, the dust settled and bombs were replaced by bums

and we soared passengers into the jet age.

Pilots went from heroic risk-takers

to wearing gold bars and wrangling with computers,

and the airlines grew and grew.

But so did the human factors and they came thick and fast,

and after several tragedies in the '70s,

safety refocused on communication and teamwork,

and in the '90s, we really started to look at the whole picture,

not just at work and second jobs, but at home and in play.

So, now, we recognise that human error can occur anywhere,

any time, in any system.

So, as we build our knowledge of human behaviour,

we'll continue to boldly go where we've never been before.

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