What is automation technology?

A.I has a positive impact on the running of our lives, A.I has helped better the world we live in.

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The chances that you have heard of A.I are pretty high. From the basic understanding that A.I would allow robots to overthrow humans (hyped up by extravagant blockbusters) to the applied knowledge that A.I has a positive impact on the running of our lives, A.I has helped better the world we live in.

From smart assistances within your phone to generating data insights, A.I technology has helped make our lives easier.

So, where does automation come into this?

Put simply, automation is the way in which A.I devices remove the need for human intervention, think about the machine that replaces Charlie’s dad at the toothpaste factory. So why is the need for automation on the rise?

Automation is primarily found in the manufacturing sector, when items of the same quality need to be replicated. With growing need for electric cars and infrastructure, automation can help speed up the building process of the items. However, most of us are more familiar with the automation in the form of data recall; having log in details filled with one click.

More recently, automation is being used within the medical sector. In an environment where everything has to be handled under a stringent level of precaution, we are seeing the need for automation for not only accuracy but time efficiency.

Specifically, within laboratories, with a high turnover of test samples, automation is crucial; companies like Automata who have developed lightweight arms that help move PCR and other medical test tube samples between different stations.

The reason why automation is a brilliant addition to the medical sector is because it helps remove any human errors that may occur, such as incorrectly labelling a sample.

Will humans still be necessary?

If we refer back to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory analogy, Charlie’s dad was still needed, as when the machine broke. He fixed it. This is the case with automation. While the technology can run the processes set, humans are still required to oversee these settings.

However, as technology inevitably advances could the overseeing of the processes be controlled by A.I technology?