Kraftwerk – The Man Machine

Part 11 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays

Automation. At some point in your life you have probably heard this word. The latest, greatest way to maximize your efficiency. As a professional office worker, there are dozens and dozens of ways to automate your day. Get your email via Microsoft Outlook? You probably have it set to automatically come over via your company’s server – automation (though I always change it so I can Send / Receive at certain times of day). Going on vacation? Of course you set up your automated “Out of Office Assistant”. An official definition of automation can be read as:

Automation is the use of control systems and information technologies to reduce the need for human work in the production of goods and services. In the scope of industrialisation, automation is a step beyond mechanisation. Whereas mechanisation provides human operators with machinery to assist them with the muscular requirements of work, automation greatly decreases the need for human sensory and mental requirements as well. Automation plays an increasingly important role in the world economy and in daily experience.”

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