The Effects of Automation

Technological development is in many ways the only useful metric we have available to us as historians in order to measure the advances being made throughout different societies across the world over time. We have named the earliest periods of recorded human history after the level of technological development historians believe had taken place by those times, such as the iron age, the bronze age and the steel age. Essentially, we have divided up these eras into clusters almost solely due to which of the alloys in question were being used predominantly for warfare at the time. Most of our history as a species can be grouped in much the same way, at least until the middle of the eighteenth century. Everything changed due to the first industrial revolution. The effects that this industrial revolution have had on the course of human history are all but impossible to quantify in any meaningful way, but it is safe to conclude that every aspect of human life has changed because of this event. The second industrial revolution, which took place almost a century later, had a similarly important impact on the development of our new more globalized society. Both of these industrial revolutions have drastically changed the way economies across the world function, and have increased the quality of life of the average person in unprecedented ways. One of the most important legacies of these events is the concept and the implementation of the concept of automation.  Automation can be generally defined …