An example or automation is the technology used in automobile assembly lines that limits the number of people required to build cars.
- the use of self-regulating machinery, electronic equipment, etc. to make a manufacturing system or process operate at greater speed and with little or no human intervention
- the use of equipment or devices, esp. computers, in any system or process so as to improve its efficiency or effectiveness: automation in education
- the science or technique of automating systems, processes, etc.
Origin of automationautoma(tic) + -tion
- The automatic operation or control of equipment, a process, or a system.
- The techniques and equipment used to achieve automatic operation or control.
- The condition of being automatically controlled or operated.
Origin of automationFrom automatic
From automatic (coined by a Ford Executive Vice President Delmar S. Harder in the 40s)
automation - Computer Definition
Replacing manual operations with electronics and computer-controlled devices. For example, "office automation" replaced manual typewriters, filing cabinets and paper appointment books with computer applications. Tape and disk libraries have been called "automation systems" because robotic arms pick cartridges out of a stacker and move them to the drives. Robots continue to replace human workers in factories; online learning displaces teachers and computer-based systems of all kinds are slowly but surely eliminating jobs. In time when driverless cars take off for public transportation, millions of jobs are expected to disappear around the globe. In the 21st century, educating and retraining people for high-tech employment is essential. See automator, robot, computer ethics, naming fiascos, automagic and automata theory.