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In the question at hand the competing interests that affect the decisions being made are need feasibility and ethical standards As far as need goes if the market is operating on a system that is less safe and is not having any major problems the need is not as great as it would be if there were a large demand for increases in safety standards While there is always a need for safety this need is only necessary to the extent that the product operates in a safe and reliable manner If lives are being put at risk the extra error protection bit would be necessary however it does not seem to put lives in immediate danger therefore in unnecessary It would hardly be a feasible decision to add the additional error detection bit from an economic standpoint due to the fact that apparently the cost will outweigh the benefits This is a cost to both the manufacturer and the consumer which would lead to high prices and in turn lessen their production and sales possibilities It has been proven time and time again that in a competitive commercial market peace of mind is not weighed more heavily than cost when it comes to purchasing and investments Finally ethical standards must come into play any time you are dealing with the public health and safety While it would be highly unethical to decrease safety specifications for the sake of cutbacks as long as the product maintains a safety level that is at or above the current standard it is an entirely ethical decision to dismiss the option of the extra bit While the maker of an embedded system has a responsibility to make as safe of a system as possible they also have a responsibility to make an affordable product The buying public will be the major deciding factor in how safe a product can and will be When safety sells manufacturers will be
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