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As technology advances to new and dizzying heights, the question of automation in our transportation keeps getting raised. Google are trying to develop a safe, cheap automated car, whenever there's a train strike we often wonder why they can't all be driven by AI, and with the majority of systems on a plane being handled by auto pilot - why can't the entire flight be taken care of by a machine? Sharing his thoughts on flight automation and the most important functions in the cockpit is retired US Air Force command pilot Tom Farrier, this is what he had to say.

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