Definition of Automation
(noun) The act or process of replacing human workers with machines so that tasks can be performed automatically.
Example of Automation
- home automation (also called domotics)
Etymology of Automation
- Typically attributed to Ford Motor Company Vice President Delmar S. Harder in 1948.
- American English – /awt-uh-mAY-shuhn/
- British English – /awt-uh-mAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌɑdoʊˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
- British English – /ˌɔːtəˈmeɪʃn/
- Plural: automations
- Not to be confused with mechanization, which is using machinery and equipment to replace human or animal labor to improve accuracy and speed.
- Also called automatic control.
- Word origin of “automation” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Zuboff, Shoshana. 1988. In the Age of the Smart Machine: the Future of Work and Power. New York: Basic Books.
- culture lag
- digital divide
- knowledge gap
- planned obsolescence
- technological diffusion
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