automation

noun
au·​to·​ma·​tion | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of automation

1 : the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically
2 : the state of being operated automatically
3 : automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor

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Synonyms for automation

Synonyms

mechanization, robotization

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Examples of automation in a Sentence

feared that automation would add millions to the ranks of the unemployed

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Following the accident, U.S. and European aviation regulators have been exchanging data about sensor failures leading to severe automation problems. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Man Vs. Machine at 40,000 Feet," 6 Jan. 2019 Robot automation in pizza restaurants isn’t a new idea, and the en route cooking concept is already being patented by pizza delivery startups like Zume. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Tundra PIE Pro is a pickup truck that makes Pizza Hut on the go," 30 Oct. 2018 The bride’s father retired as an electrical engineer in the American research, development and manufacturing unit, in Malvern, Pa., of IFM, a German maker of sensors, controllers and systems used in industrial automation. New York Times, "Khanh Le, Matthew Sedensky," 8 July 2018 Jobs which can be replaced with automation likely will continue to be. Amy Chance, sacbee, "'Not all machines are evil,' and other thoughts on California's changing economy," 2 July 2018 The trend toward automation is likely to only speed up as technology continues to improve. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Facebook stonewalls Kansas scam victim when she reaches out for help," 12 June 2018 Social networks spread discord and hate across our politics, a myriad of addictive devices hook us in and then drive us apart, and new technologies like artificial intelligence, automation and robotics could mean vast changes across our workplace. Kara Swisher, Recode, "Turn and face the change: Recode and Vox.com are partnering," 1 Nov. 2018 Pawar, who will be part of the panel, claims universal basic income is a way to tackle poverty amid the loss of jobs due to automation and the offshoring of industries. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Chicago sets up universal income task force as city seeks ways to tackle poverty," 12 Sep. 2018 As automation does more of the work, some employees could do other tasks. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of automation

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for automation

automatic entry 1

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The first known use of automation was in 1912

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automation

noun
au·​to·​ma·​tion | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən \

Kids Definition of automation

1 : the method of making a machine, a process, or a system work without being directly controlled by a person
2 : automatic working of a machine, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of humans

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