The future of modern technology is in automation. Sure, it has been around since the industrial revolution, but not like it is today. Things you never thought could be self-controlled are operating independently and automatically. This has meant severe cuts in labor in many industries with the automotive hard hit. Almost anything can be manufactured by a robot these days. While no one likes to see unemployment figures in the red, I do believe that automation is here to stay and is the wave of the future. There isn’t a production or assembly problem that doesn’t have this as a solution. It has brought higher quality, increased productivity, and lower prices as side benefits. I can’t think of a negative word about it. Stay with me in future blogs to see how automation really works.
To start on a personal level, people love smart homes with automated lighting, water systems, and thermostats. They count on hot water being available on demand unlike the old days when you had to wait for your bath water to heat up. While you are working or away, your automated water heater can adjust the temperature you have set, thus reducing your utility bills. Brilliant, right? These smart homes cost more, but then they save you money in the long run. You don’t need a gardener to water the lawn or a neighbor to come over and turn your lights on or off while you are on vacation.
I have a smart home, but I use a standard tankless water heater system (https://www.waterheaterwatch.com/best-tankless-water-heater-reviews/) , and buy products made by machines. Yes, I do love the “handmade” sticker on arts and crafts, but we can’t get by with intense labor anymore. It shoots up prices. Think of how much cheaper electronic gadgets are now. A TV that was $1000 is now $300. I refuse to feel guilty about robotics. Besides, we have a new generation of engineers trained in automation, creating a wide open field for college grads. It is said that there is a good and bad side to everything, but to me it is all good in regard to automation.
You say it is dehumanizing and results in a life filled with identical mass-produced objects. I say that there is still room for good design and quality in manufacturing if the public so demands. You say it is expensive to add a layer of quality assurance in the manufacturing process. I say this goes with the territory and is cost effective in the long run. Yes, the world had to retool to get on board with automation, but this has only brought about significant upgrades in products and services.