This 1947 photo shows an early airplane autopilot system. George Stroud/Express/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption George Stroud/Express/Getty Images All Tech Considered If To Err Is Human, Should Technology Help Us Shed Some Humanity? July 6, 2016 Over the past half-century, advances in technology have forced a drop in deaths caused by technical lapses. And now, we count on technology to save us from our own errors. But we can do better.