How has automation changed modern life? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

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  1. Simone Smith profile image89
    Simone Smithposted 10 years ago

    How has automation changed modern life? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)

    How has automation changed our lives for better or for worse? This week, we invite you to share Hubs on various automating technologies that discuss their background, function, and impact on the world.
    For search-friendly title ideas and group support, stop by the official Weekly Topic Inspiration forum thread:
    And big thanks to Denise Handlon for this week’s idea!

  2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image90
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 10 years ago

    Automation has made life so much easier for people.  It saves time and energy, etc.  However, I am anxious to see it develop further so that we will have things to help the elderly and handicapped to function better.

  3. Ericdierker profile image55
    Ericdierkerposted 10 years ago

    Just think back a few. I used to have to line my garbage cans with newspaper because there were no trash bags, now I have to tell my services people not to send paper and do it online.

    I may be old but as a child I pumped the pump and primed the siphon in order for us to get water to the house and orchards. Sun heated and night cooled. Putting clothes on a line and choppin fire and cookin wood was normal. Travelling to the city meant a bus or train, not a freeway. Only two stations on the tube, yes I said tube.

    But when you get right down to it, I still put both feet into both legs of my trousers in order to be dressed for the day in my two computer home office.

  4. quicksand profile image80
    quicksandposted 10 years ago

    "To talk to an agent, press 5 ... " They've done away with that too. Now you cannot talk to a real live person to discuss interest rates or anything at all that's connected to your deposit or involvement with that organization.

    But ... who wants to talk to a real live person nowadays? They're boring and they dunno anything! Machines do! smile smile smile

  5. Mr-Mediocre profile image86
    Mr-Mediocreposted 10 years ago

    Automation is wonderful when viewed from the position of production or manufacturing (or at least those in charge of it.) Consumers, for all of their complaints about outsourcing and job losses, are often the first to emphatically embrace the fruits of automation.

    Likewise, automation has made my own career easier. Hardware is now designed to interface with a PC, allowing for button mashing to control a test whereas in the days of non-network analog mayhem, one would have to do everything, egads, by hand! The benefits in regards to reduced production or test time are obvious.

    Automation, though, aside from taking away the need for humans in many ways (aside from the guy who greases the motor) has also had an adverse effect for technology. I know that sounds contradictory but allow me to explain: as things become automated, the knowledge of the process is reduced to a technical secret between programmers. Nobody will understand what is going on beyond the select few who set up the system. In a sense, we are putting all of our eggs in one basket and that can have disastrous results.

    To quote Uncle Ben of Spiderman: "With great power comes great responsibility."

  6. wecode profile image62
    wecodeposted 10 years ago

    Automation bad side is In general people are LAZY. Automation makes people more and more lazy. Obesity is one perfect example for automation.

  7. OldSkoolFool profile image59
    OldSkoolFoolposted 10 years ago

    They cut out a ton of jobs, made people less accountable for their actions, and overall ruined the very fiber of social existence.

    Hope that helps.

  8. whonunuwho profile image54
    whonunuwhoposted 10 years ago

    In many positive ways and has helped us advance much further in technology as well. We have been able to explore earthly needs as well as reach for the stars. I suppose my only complaint would be that it has made couch potatoes out of many of us, myself included.

  9. rfmoran profile image72
    rfmoranposted 10 years ago

    Technology has given us unbelievable choices and access to information. It has also given us a cacophony of data, to the point of overload. Fortunately automation technology helps us to manage it, without which we would drown in information.

  10. EuroCafeAuLait profile image79
    EuroCafeAuLaitposted 10 years ago

    The future is now, we all have heard.  With automated homes, devices, gadgets and self regulating environments, technology has come to deliver all the comforts of modern life in a self-supporting way.  This was confirmed when Walt Disney, upon designing the fantasy like Tomorrow Land, the items being "dreamed" about had already been invented!  There is the TV-telephone, microwave, answering machine, automated teller machine and so much more. It's hard to imagine our lives without automated help. read more

  11. profile image51
    Paninanimateposted 10 years ago

    Anyone who has seen the Zeitgeist movies should be convinced that automation could be harnessed so I could live comfortably and not work.
    Instead it just fuels the greed of the facist corpratists. Automation equates to unemployment, higher profits and global destruction through the manufacturing of disposable junk.

  12. Rosyel Sawali profile image64
    Rosyel Sawaliposted 10 years ago

    This was written for a weekly topic inspiration on technology and how much it has affected our lives. Thought I'd share on how much times have changed. Thanks for reading! read more

  13. flyingvet profile image69
    flyingvetposted 10 years ago

    Aviation has developed hugely from the simple mechanically-operated Wright Flyer to the modern fly-by-wire, electronically controlled machines filling our skies. This has led to a shift in the skill requirement of pilots from hands-on flying ability to systems management and computer operation. Pilot training has been slow to keep pace, potentially contributing to accidents. read more

  14. Denise Handlon profile image85
    Denise Handlonposted 10 years ago

    The use of a conveyor belt system to ease our lives has developed over the years since the 18th century.  Read how the invention of the conveyor belt has taken us from a simple pulley and belt system of manuel labor to high speed digital production.  Grocery stores, airport baggage centers, coal and mineral mines, factories, and exercise gyms all use conveyor belts and our lives are better for it. read more

  15. wrenfrost56 profile image80
    wrenfrost56posted 10 years ago

    The origins of automation, although not quite as we would recognize it today began with the industrial revolution back in Victorian times, when machines where invented and produced to effectively do a job faster, safer or more efficiently then could... read more

  16. watergeek profile image96
    watergeekposted 10 years ago

    What if every household in the world could thrive with just the amount of water they received via rainfall and no more? Growing food and herbs indoors as well? It can be done. It is being done. read more

  17. Rpenafiel profile image61
    Rpenafielposted 8 years ago

    Life won’t be noted as modern without automation right? The most crucial scope of automation I guess is in the medical field and clinical advancement where technology and automation was able to make healthcare easier, more reliable and most of the time, a life saver. Say for example, the medical automation services ( … -consider/ )were able to let doctors focus on quality healthcare and taking less time on paper works. Usually, the paper works takes toll on nurses and MDs. … stponement


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