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Therac-25 case
By Raul Bernardino

Nowadays, a computing took a biggest part of human life and almost given all kind of the possible solution the human kind issues that day to day they are facing. Even though not all ideas and concepts that the computing professionals put together to build the supercomputing is perfect or and work as it is expected to operate. The ideas to have the supercomputing is to help human to solve some necessary issues that human by himself cannot do it by manually. What I do mean by manual here is that human being just cannot do anything with it is own hand or event viewed by it is own eyes. He or she does need tools. For instance skin laser surgeries or take out small tumor in site the some one ear without doing a big surgery. These all human needs a tool to help and solve issue with accuracy, effective, efficient, and safety.

The computing professionals have to responsible to the society of the implementation of the ideas and concepts that they are direct or indirect involved which is building of the tools. The computing professional must be in line with ACM and IEEE on code of ethic and professional code of conduct. To minimize the social impact we have to stick on our role and responsibility as computing professional.

The Therac-25 is one of example of the tools or machines in which that the computing professional built to help the society and implement in the hospitals for cancer therapies. Therac-25 is a new generation of the therac-6 and therac-20 in which built by “Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)” and “CGR”. These machines were created to produce energy beam or radiation in which is to destroy tumors. Usually, the radiation therapies will be taking in place after the patient got a surgery. In this case the cancer patient who has got through a surgery and has been removed the major part of tumors by doctor. He or she has to do several therapies of treatments to proceed in order to kill any left growth cancer....
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