So our fearless leader came out and said the following today:
“It’s about making sure our workers and businesses have the skills and the tools they need to compete better, faster and smarter than anybody else,” the president said. “That’s what we’re about. We’re America and we don’t just keep up with changing times, we set the pace for changing times.”
This coming from the same man who not even a week ago said the following:
“There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM. You don’t go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking at the gate. So all these things have created changes in the economy.”
So first he attacks tools that are developed for automation of tasks. Then he comes forward and says we need to develop more automation and increase our manufacturing. Don’t get me wrong, we need to get back to manufacturing and building in this country. I work for a company that very proudly manufactures here in the states and does it extremely well. We do that through the same automation that he previously bad mouthed that also creates things such as ATMs.
The bottom line is humans make mistakes, while computers can they are much less common and infrequent. You can actually fix them so they won’t happen again in a computer. Having a human do the same thing over and over can result in quality issues. They may remember doing it on the current product, but it is actually the previous product they’re remembering. Automation even more than just promoting quality also allows the resources of humans to be applied elsewhere. Humans can do things that machines can’t most especially reason, think, and adapt. When something becomes automated there is usually new tasks that appear with the automation. These tasks are usually quite different than what was previously required.
It’s a matter of people leveraging the opportunities before them. Some are willing to move forward, do new things, and think outside the box. Others however would rather remain doing the exact same thing through their entire career. It is those people who are adversely affected by automation and what needs to happen is a strong lesson in the ability to adapt and overcome. Evidently they think we’re just hamsters in the cage and just listen to
the talking heads our fearless leaders but lack any ability to remember anything.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.