AUTOMATION - How it's Changed Everyday Life

Automation changing Everyday Lives

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all - John F. Kennedy.

The ever changing technology of automation has made such tremendous changes in our lifestyle. Let’s take a quick look at the technology we embrace, which has transformed our lives.

Probably the single most valuable thing in our lives. If the power of electricity had never been harnessed, we wouldn’t have even a fraction of what we have in the world today. Benjamin Franklin is credited with linking lightening to electricity.

How we listen to music.

It went from vinyl records to CD – the first record player was invented in 1870. We progressed from there to the portable radio/CD player and then on to the era of personal music and the Walkman.

The Walkman could hold 15 songs at best, and now we have the iPod, the largest model capable of holding 30 000 songs!

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How we find our way around.


  • We can Fly – it takes around 8 hours to fly 7000 kilometers. Thank you to the three-axis control system and a movable rudder the Wright Brothers invented in 1902.
  • We can Drive : The first modern car was attributed to Karl Benz in 1886, if we are talking about any vehicle capable of propelling itself, we have about 439 years of car history.
  • Train: in 1765 James Watt invented the first pressurized steam engine, a vast improvement on Thomas Newcomen steam engine of 1712.
  • The Industrial Revolution is possibly the greatest change over the shortest period in history, which was carried forward by the steam engine.
  • Most power plants in the world today generate electricity using steam turbines, whether the steam is heated by burning coal, natural gas or a nuclear reactor.

Communication Redefined

  • Cellular communication has revolutionised the communication industry. Letters have become uncommon, as emails and cell phone messages become the easiest means to connect.
  • Satellite Technology. Satellite TV and satellite radio have eased the broadcasting of events across the globe. Communication to ships and airplanes wouldn’t have been possible if not for satellites.
  • In 1454, Johannes Gutenberg constructed a printing press which could print repeatedly onto paper. The introduction of computers in the 1950’s revolutionized printing and the process is now mostly replaced by digital data. Modern printing presses in our homes and offices are called printers.
  • The GPS was developed in 1978, with the help of around 32 satellites. Now every one may own a GPS device in cars or use an App on their smart phone.


Internet

The US Defense first used a service called ARPANET in the 1960, the Tim Berner Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, which shrank the world. Computers have changed our lives in so many ways, from landing on the moon to browsing the web, along with 1,7 billion other people.

It is hard to think of any aspect of life that has not been improved by computers. They are able to make complicated mathematical calculations at an incredible speed, and when operated under the instruction of skilled programmers they can accomplish incredible feats.

The first freely programmable computer was invented in 1936 by Conrad Zuse. In 1986, IBM met with Bill Gates and Microsoft in secret talks to develop the new home PC.

Email:

The post office sent important documents or private mail around the world, and you could wait days for it to arrive at its destination. Nowadays, formal communications can be sent to a recipient on the other side of the world in minutes.

Automation and the House of Tomorrow

Items found in a Home using Micro Processors

 
 
 
VCR or DVD player
Computer
Printers
Microwave
Refrigerator
Cars
Dishwasher
Camera – first digital camera was brought out in 1975 by Kodak.
Television
Modem or Router
Refrigerator – First refrigerator was GE monitor top in 1927
Washing Machine

Robots

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The ubiquitous Credit Card were first used in the 1920 to sell fuel to car owners, now they can be used to purchase most things online and off. The ATM was invented by John Barron and was introduced in 1967 in England.

Robots are helping us in so may aspects. They are used in car production, packaging of manufactured goods, mass production of printed circuit boards, space probes, military drones and humanoid robots like ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) developed by Honda.

We are moving quickly away from the robotic vacuum cleaner to more complex machines that will be able to perform many automated tasks for us both in the home and in the office.

Nearly every physical task we do, can conceivably be done by a robot some time in the future. Perhaps we will no longer have wars if we replace our soldiers with warrior bots.

We will have found a way to upgrade our workforce to match the technology in the future, as most of the jobs that will be displaced are low-skilled jobs. It won’t be an easy task, but the potential is enormous as the industries shift.



Education

The OpenCourse Ware took hold in 2001, when MIT started recording all their courses and making them free online.

Currently they have over 2080 courses, which have been downloaded 131 million times. Two years later the Khan Academy was started to provide a clear and concise way of teaching science and math. Today they offer over 2400 courses, which have been downloaded 116 million times.

ITunes U is another life changing innovation from Apple, and this platform offers over 500 000 courses from 1 000 universities that have been downloaded 700 million times. They are presently moving into the K-12 space.

Courses are becoming a commodity as teachers only need to teach once, record it and then move on. The transition will be from a teaching model to a learning model, which only requires coaches. Are we moving into a teacher-less education system?

The fast advancing automation of technology on the whole has given impetus to developments in various fields and improved the quality of human life. There is less risk, effort and mess, and there is more leisure, more speed and more productivity.


© 2012 Shelley Watson

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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Great job on summarizing some of the world changes we have seen...You know we dug up a record player recently and played 3 albums. The sound was still pretty good and it was fun to go back in time for a bit...cheers


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

mts1098, It must have brought back memories, hopefully some of the good times. I feel like a dinosaur when teenagers or youngsters say to me "what's a record or what's a record player?" It was good to do the article and see just how far we have come in just my lifetime. Thank you for dropping by.


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AlanRimmer 4 years ago from Southwest UK

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Makes me sit back and think, with current technology helping develop future technology at ever increasing speeds, what fantastic inovations am I likely to see in my lifetime? Thanks


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Cybershelley! Great hub on automation. Technology has certainly made things more convenient.

Personally, I wouldn't mind the horse and carriage, a country store, a real conversation on a front porch and an old transistor radio.

Again, enjoyable hub!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

When I think of the changes that have happened in my lifetime, it is staggering.

On a different note, I just noticed that you work in an all-boys school. I went to an all-boys high school....quite an experience for sure....probably explains why dating came so hard for me. :) I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do with a girl if I couldn't punch her in the shoulder.

Great hub my friend!


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

Dexter Yarbrough Thanks for dropping by. Sometimes I too long for the simplicity of yesteryear, then I remember the lack of convenience such as a non-flushing toilet - so maybe the horse and carriage is too far back, but a real conversation on a front porch and an old transistor radio will warm my heart.

Billybuc, it is also a Catholic school! Luckily the boys are extremely well-mannered and as the girls particularly like our boys - they are obviously doing better than a friendly punch on the arm! Lol. Thank you for stopping by.


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

Hi Alan, Apple have a eye opening video on what the future will look like in our computerised world. Stunning stuff and not to far away. So glad you visited.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Technology changes so much it is down right scary. Good Job, Cyber Shelly!


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

Rebecca, Thank you so much for dropping by, I love to see your comments!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

It's true that automation has made our lives much easier and faster but at the same time it has made us immune to human relations and values. I wonder if there is a connection?

Still, life means moving on I guess.

Voted up and interesting .


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

Hi Rajan, One says we communicate easily and quickly with the cell phone, email and SMS, but what is frightening is the lack of face to face time, the warmth of human interaction that is not through a piece of automation. Thank you for visiting.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Excellent thorough course on technology and automation. The advancement of this technology amazes me with regards to the many intricate operations and lives now saved by them as well.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

That is quite a list of innovations through the years, isn't it? Great job on this hub. Thanks for sharing. Rated up and interesting. BTW-wonderful JFK quote at the beginning...isn't that the truth! :)


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

Hi ShiningIrisheyes, Thank you for visiting, Technology does progress in leaps and bounds, and the strides it has taken in medicine is incredible.


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

Denise, thank you for the great comment. JFK was right, where would these computers be without us? Ha Ha


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Interesting list of gadgets. We all have so much automation in our lives now - things we just take for granted. Thanks for the reminders!


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

RedElf, That you very much for stopping and yes automation has crept up, and now it would be difficult, to say the least ,to do without it.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

An interesting hub as working in a supermarket you deal with this everyday , so that's why we love to get out away from it all sometimes and get back to the simple things in life.


Kerry43 4 years ago

Good afternoon:) what a detailed hub this is, great work. I go to college online and I don't know where I'd be without the internet in general. As I live abroad now, it sure helps to keep the world a small place and me closer to family and old friends. See you in the hub challenger's forum!

Kez


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CyberShelley 4 years ago Author

freecampingaussie, Thank you for the visit and when you share with us the beauty that you two see, it is great for us who read your hubs.

Kerry43, So pleased you visited and commented, will be going over to the forum. Thank you.

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