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Automation and Obsolescence

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From the industrial revolution on, it's been tempting to create visions of an automated future. Whether it was the specter of washing machines (ubiquitous), flying cars or personal robots (not yet), there was no end of 20th Century musing on a future leisure life tended to by our own inventions.

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Comments (3)
Very insightful post Jim. We are a firm that provides IT support and consulting and it's an interesting time to plot our future course. Will small businesses, schools and nonprofits embrace computing in the cloud to the extent that they have little to no hardware internally? Or will concerns with security of data prevent widespread acceptance of the trend?

There is certainly a push to cut costs for technology infrastructure and support, yet clients don't want to lose the personal touch of local support who knows them and their environment and is proactive on their behalf.

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Posted by Tracy F | Wednesday, June 02 2010 at 2:27PM ET
Interesting post.

Although the automation allows : 1) the human being of NOT doing some tasks, 2) the business layoff-ing the human beings whose tasks just got automated, 3) increase boss-es bonuses, the automation is not able to replace human-being's creativity, for the automation reflects the creator's knowledge put on it [ automation].

Unfortunately for the sake of automating and/or because of human-being's imperfections, often the wrong things are automated or wrongly automate the good things. When this happen, you need human-beings to solve the automation --- if possible / when discovered ---.

It seems that IT's new buzz word is automation to please the "business" masters while the IT is not meant for creating automated solutions whe IT has still issues with designing and/or understanding the processes behind IT's code!

Client/server is an example of oversimplifying the processes and failed.

To automate any process, you need more than Java, you need the knowledge and skills TO automate, after that comes the code ....... A. Einstein told us "Measure twice cut once" and "Make as simple as possible but do not make it simpler" and IT the opposite happens quite often.

Posted by NICK D | Wednesday, June 02 2010 at 3:01PM ET
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