Understanding Automation

  1. Automation doesn’t happen on the job-level, but the task-level.

  2. Automation doesn’t strictly mean human replacement, but also augmenting given tasks.

  3. Automation will always need maintenance, updates, and upgrades. There is not a date X, where the process is finished.

  4. Automation happens, if it‘s economically beneficial, not if it‘s technically feasible. It‘s — of course — the product and producer of capitalism.

Keeping this in mind, almost every new technology can be placed in one of the following quadrants.

automation quadrants