“Automation or automatic control, is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching on telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships, aircraft and other applications with minimal or reduced human intervention. Some processes have been completely automated."
The biggest benefit of automation is that it saves labor; however, it is also used to save energy and materials and to improve quality, accuracy and precision.” - wikipedia/automation
Humans are always looking for ways to be more efficient. More recent inventions call upon the cart, then the wheel, then steam powered engines and so on. We see this in other aspects of our lives as well, not just machinery. We can automate emails, social media posts, and paying our bills. All of these things have changed how we live our lives. If you think about pre-historic men and women, every time they were able to automate some aspect of survival - they lengthened their life span. It changed their lives significantly and slowly (over the course of thousands of years) it made our lives and the way we live today possible.
When you stop to think about, “Where are robots being used today?”, you slowly realize that they are everywhere including Mars. That’s right, space exploration is DEPENDENT on robotics and automation. We even have our TV programs automating. When we think about automation, we realize it really has zero boundaries. There are even ‘self releasing’ medicines that we can take.
As we can see in the definition of “automation” above, the major benefit to automation is the loss of labor required. Technically we can do more things with less people. Right? You no longer need a bank teller to deposit your paycheck. You no longer need to collect firewood and start a fire in order to stay warm when it’s cold outside. At some point, people who used to do those types of jobs lost those jobs. But the interesting part is that newer, more sophisticated jobs replaced it.
It is in those moments when we are no longer needed that we are forced to innovate and reinvent ourselves as necessary and integral in society in order to stay apart of it. It is stressful for sure. But we are humans. We have the capacity to think, to build, and to invent. As all the people before us we are laying the groundwork for the future. With the incredible computing power we currently have, progress is happening faster than ever before. We think this is incredible, scary, and most of all necessary.