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Podcast: The Therac-25, buggy software that killed.

As part of an ongoing project to learn more about what we've got wrong to help us improve, I look at the Therac-25 incidents, a devastating collection of software failures that often rank in the top 10 of civilian radiation accidents. The Therac-25 radiation therapy device killed or injured 6 people across Canada and the United States.

Diagram of the Therac-25 operation room, from (Wang, 2017 ...
The Therac-25 was a room-sized machine, in this cut-away, you can see the computer terminal in the near-bottom left.

I look into two of the most severe bugs. Why the manufacturer didn't fix them and what we can learn from their mistakes.

The show notes and transcripts are available for free.

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