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Keynote: The third age of human factors: From independence to interdependence

WithE. Hollnagel

Human factors is today widely accepted as an essential part of industries in practically every domain. The motivation can, of course, vary and the reasons can be as different as regulator demands, safety concerns, efficiency issues, ergonomics, social considerations. competitiveness, etc. The understanding of what human factors actually means is as diverse as the motivations and can range from genuinely acknowledging the need to address human factors issues in system design and operation, to reluctantly accepting it as something necessary to placate a stakeholder.