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What is automation?

automation.pngI was in a discussion yesterday with Jeff Wacker (a retired fellow from HP) about future technologies and their impact. We got on the subject of Robotics. My position was that Robotics is a subset of a larger class of techniques: Automation.

 

There are three major types of automation that I could think of, that could be subdivided much further. My definition of automation is a bit broader than automation on Wikipedia.

1)      Agents – software-based (non-physical) automation

2)      Robotics – physical automation

3)      Self-assembly – Some things that just naturally form into a structure. Ice-nine – for Kurt Vonnegut fans.

 

Are there other types of automation that I’ve left out? Do you think these are valid categories?

 

Naturally, we got into a conversation about automation and workers as well.

Labels: automation| Trends
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| ‎05-27-2013 12:59 PM

Here is an interesting TED talk about self-assembly.

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