People are smart to question the future of automation, for it has become part of everything we do. With the quantity of applications and technology around us, we yet still crave more. We become convinced of its power when our package is delivered from Amazon Prime, containing the items we were simply browsing for that morning. That entire process is a product of automation—from the visualization on the screen, to the ordering and then the delivery of a perfect product right before you.
Today’s economy, in which goods and services are rapidly delivered throughout the world, would not be possible without automation. Just getting down to everyday activity, when we run low on milk or other grocery items, we can simply click a few boxes on a supermarket website and have them delivered within a few hours.
Another radical change in our daily lives has come about in driving a car. I remember in the old days when I rented a car in a strange city, and had to open up a big paper map to figure out where I was going, and hope I wouldn’t miss an exit and have to backtrack. Today this is no problem at all—your GPS navigation system will tell you exactly which exit to take and when it’s coming up.
There are, of course, many other examples. Will automation replacing us, people?
No, we do not believe that automation—and further along, artificial intelligence and robotics—will replace people. This is another topic we’ll take up at length as we go, but for now suffice it to say that automation is enabling and creating new jobs. Additionally, I believe that automation will empower the human aspect of life, not lesson or remove it. Come with me on this journey to discover how automation is not replacing life, but enhancing it!