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Definition of automated

: operated automatically an automated process automated equipment/machinery a fully/highly automated factory

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Specifically, the disrupters targeted the comment filing system application programming interface (API), which is distinct from the website, and is normally used by automated programs or bots for bulk filings. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC lied to Congress about made-up DDoS attack, investigation found," 8 Aug. 2018 The companies are working on identifying sites for three automated distribution centers this year and may open as many as 20 within three years. Bloomberg,, "Kroger teams with British online grocer to take on Amazon and Walmart," 17 May 2018 Until recently, the New Orleans Police Department had been secretly using a similar automated program. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Algorithms: Why you should learn what they are, how they affect you and your kids — and whether they actually work," 5 Apr. 2018 When successful, these attacks—known as SIM swaps and mobile number port-out scams—allow thieves to intercept one-time authentication codes sent to a customer's mobile device via text message or automated phone call. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T and Verizon want to manage your identity across websites and apps," 13 Sep. 2018 For example, new gene-synthesis technologies loom large on the horizon, allowing for the automated production of longer DNA sequences from scratch. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Musk’s goal was to build a highly automated assembly line. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "Can Tesla Keep Up the Model 3 Pace?," 2 July 2018 Encouraged, Vardakostas moved on to building the conveyor belt that would move the burger down an automated assembly line, the bun slicer and toaster, and the electric grill. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 The Wall Street Journal reported last year that the cars were being built partly by hand as the company struggled with its automated body-panel assembly line. Russ Mitchell,, "Tesla Model 3 delivery delayed again," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of automated

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of automated was in 1952

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