Importance Of Operations Research
Perhaps it’s not even ethical to develop and rely on such a safety net. Furthermore, I do not doubt the thoroughness of the model in question. It even went so far as to include a stochastic submodel (or Poisson model) that simulates human processes (Mora, 64). For example, if after a thousand years people have forgotten about the plant and start digging for precious metals in the area. While an impressive fact that such a measurement was modeled, how does one slap a number on the probability of or significance of it? These are the type of technical details that in my eyes cannot be feasibly regulated or applied as a general guideline. There will always come several points where a decision or set of decisions is left up to the discretion of a group of OR researchers. This merely hints at the importance of the ethical decision making of OR researchers.
Since it has been established that these safety nets are necessitated by human society, the ethical decision-making lies in how big to make the spaces in the net. Some of the largest of these can be seen whenever proposals for engineering projects are driven by human emotion. A terrible flood in the Dutch province known as Zeeland took the lives of 2,000 people in 1953. It was not until years later a proposal for a storm surge barrier across the Easter Scheldt estuary was brought to the table (Pellin,