It doesn't take new technology to do things right. There are always some bugs that will slip by, but proper testing could limit them. But, in this case the control and review of the code that goes into a product totally failed. It seems like it was even recognized how important that is.
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
-- Isaac Asimov