automation

Automation is something you reap the benefit of every day across most every aspect of your life. Try to think, what don't you automate today?

I start each day; I don't grind my coffee beans by hand, I toss a cup into a Keurig and hit a button. I even get water to fill my coffee machine from a faucet, not the river or well behind my house. Which would be really hard since I live in the city.

Next, I pull some fruit out of my refrigerator, not my ice box. Maybe next, I grab a little cash from an ATM. This too no longer even requires a teller to count money over to me or go look up my account balance from the "records" in back. Now wait, I don't even use cash but 5% of the time any more. It's my credit card or some scan of an app on my phone that I use more and more as each year goes by.

I've hardly left my house and gone to work and my life is downright automated.

The funny thing about it is when you look at the breakdown of any of these automated things over years they follow the same path and lead to a similar result. Automation's is not an IF we will do it, it's a WHEN will we do it. The "yeah right" turns into "I can't live without this". 

Take plumbing over the last 500 years. It's proven to be one of the most important automations of our time. Without all the steps along the way, from aqueducts to filtering systems and chlorination to fluoridation we'd not be the society we are today.

Take even faster of an evolution, the automobile. Now we hover at around 800 cars per 1000 people (including kids). It went from a "yeah right that'll happen" in the early 1900's kind of idea to just about every adult now owning one or even a couple.

Automation is the new old thing. 

 

The best thing I could think that I do daily that is not automated is me tying my shoes. There's really no way around that except Velcro. It's been years since I've gone with Velcro. Automation is inherent in making the world work better. You build things the first time and then build on them by not having to rework things. It's a better, faster and cheaper way of doing things.

There's a constant drive to make things easier and not sit still and do things the same old way. It'd be easy, but the old ways are for college reunions. For all the other things you'd rather miss out on there's a better way and it's about testing the limit to go find how.

At all interesting? We automate and innovate all the time and we want to hear how you do it too.