Automation has been with us a while. Today, though, machines are eclipsing an increasing number of our human skills. This is especially true of low-skilled workers.

Like most tools, this can be good or bad, depending on how it is deployed. Automation can do great things for us and is accelerating extremely fast these days.

Whether an algorithm or  a robot, automation is automatic control. Doing work faster, cheaper and better without or with reduced human intervention. Here is a flying contest already in the air by MIT:

In the US, is one the most common job in many states now.


Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State : Planet Money : NPR The jobs picture has changed profoundly since the 1970s. This map shows how those changes played out across the country.


And lot’s of other jobs involve driving and everyone from Amazon to Uber is looking to use such automation technology to replace the humans involved.

There are incredibly sophisticated automation solutions that have been deployed for many years.  However, the drop in price and increased performance capability is such that most unskilled labor is likely to be substantially replaced in the next decade or so.

As a force, if you want to leverage automation, just find places where people are doing things that a machine can do faster, cheaper and better. From ancient watermills to Google automatically ranking search results with an algorithm to  autopilots on airplanes and a simple traffic light, automation has been doing things for us for thousands of years. Like most things tech, it is just coming at us faster and faster.