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With fewer human factors to worry about, the shape and behavior of vehicles could change radically. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Where we’re going, we won’t need windows: How autonomy will change cars," 5 Dec. 2018 Global miners have been spending heavily to remove the human factor from a complex supply chain spanning thousands of miles across continents, part of a program to save billions of dollars and cushion profits against swings in commodity prices. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Train Stopping: BHP Derails Runaway Locomotive From 800 Miles Away," 6 Nov. 2018 Climate change is not the only contributing human factor, though. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Building off of previous famine-prediction strategies, the tool will combine satellite data of things like rainfall and crop health with social media and news reports of more human factors, like violence or changing food prices. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "The World Bank and tech companies want to use AI to predict famine," 29 Sep. 2018 That's because of a combination of geography, climatic conditions and human factors. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind," 16 Sep. 2018 In just over two weeks, the crew performed a dizzying array of experiments in psychology, physiology, human factors (such as making sure human bodies work with the spacecraft and systems), medicine and much more. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 There are non-human factors influencing the amount of CO2 that the sensors would be detecting. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "In Salt Lake City, suburban sprawl is bad news for climate change," 12 Mar. 2018 The report states the ignition source of the fire remains undetermined, but that no human factors contributed to the ignition. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Delhi double fatal fire: Flames were already out when son found parents, no smoke detectors," 7 May 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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