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
Examples of automation in a Sentence
feared that automation would add millions to the ranks of the unemployed
Recent Examples of automation from the Web
Online shopping, job automation and store closings combine to portend a loss of up to half of current retail jobs in the country.
Harris used part of her time onstage to speak about the effect of automation on the economy.
Mike Russell said as automation becomes more prevalent, there is a need to train workers on how to work with it.
The device will be a hub for Apple's HomeKit home automation system, letting users control devices such as lights, door locks and window blinds.
The device will be a hub for Apple’s HomeKit home-automation system, letting users control devices such as lights, door locks and window blinds.
Those on the left see it as a way to allow workers to survive the loss of their jobs to automation, help reduce income inequality, and provide stability for people to start a business or get retrained.
Increased automation and more use of robotic technology in these manufacturing powerhouses could help cushion the impact, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
In a 2013 Oxford study that predicted the jobs that would be most susceptible to automation, Carl Frey and Michael Osborne put insurance underwriters and tax preparers at the top of the list.
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Origin and Etymology of automation
First Known Use: 1912
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Definition of automation for Students
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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