Designing for automation is not a new concept. It’s a great concept, and I believe it can be the future. What you have to do is ask yourself: how do you want to be controlled? How do you want to be automated? The answer is simple. You want to design for automation the way you want to be controlled.
Automation means a lot of things. It can mean that your day is never the same as it was before you started coding your own automation. It can mean that your day is full of things you weren’t planning on doing because you are now so full of yourself that you forgot everything you wanted to do. It can also mean that you are a slave to a robot. A lot of the people I talk to are still in the beginning stages of automating things for a living.
The good news is that the whole point of automation is that it takes away from the drudgery of manual labor. When we automate, we have the freedom to choose how everything we do is going to be handled. What we don’t have is the freedom to choose how we want our day to be handled.
If you have a robot, you have the freedom to decide how you want it to be handled. You could be in a mansion or a club, but you would still have those things to work out.
Just as the robots don’t have to work out every hour, the robots also have the freedom to choose how they want to work out. And if they choose to work out, they don’t have to be a robot.
We all work towards automation, I think. And in many ways, we have to. Automated systems dont need to be perfect. But if you dont like the way a system works, you have the choice whether you want to make that system a little bit better or a little bit worse. And you can make your decision for yourself. Just because you dont like the way a system works doesnt mean it cant work, and you can still make it work for you.
I think it’s important to recognize that there is no perfect automation solution. You can make a system that can do everything, but you don’t have to. At the very least, you have to make sure that you do not automate a system that is making you a slave.
I do think the idea of automation as we understand it is being challenged, and this is a great example of that. With the rise of Artificial Intelligence, its becoming increasingly evident that a large portion of our jobs at the moment are going to be automated, and we will no longer be needed to do things that are inherently not human. And this is one of my pet peeves. So for example, I hate the way that my office automatically checks my email every morning.
Yes, the rise of automation is going to make us more efficient, and we might no longer even work in buildings anymore, but it is going to put us in the position of being slaves to our machines. We need to be more aware of this, and use this as a design point for our automation of our own lives.
I am still not sure how I feel about this but I’m not feeling it. I think when I’m not being used to do a task, I feel a little bit more free to do this task to myself. There is a time and place for this kind of design but my opinion is that we need to get over this “don’t use me to do this task” attitude that many of us have.