Finding the sense of direction, independence, and creativity in the world of automation and industries
Man used to be a law unto himself. He perfected the art of survival by being one with nature, taking only what he needs and leaving everything else alone. But man soon found the power of dominance, the allure of wanting and taking more. He started to mark territories—land and mountains and the sea. The birth of agriculture ushered a new dawn. But it was not enough. How could man make life easier? By relegating the task of physical exertion to the hands of the machine of course.
And so begun the era of automation. How did we come to this? Driven by greed, we wanted to have more than our needs. We wanted, and by wanting, we strove to create more. Human hands were not enough, despite the infinite human resources. Why let a mortal do the repetitive tasks when it could be done by an unthinking, unfeeling, and untiring machine?
We had come to this now—the world of automation and industries. We produced more. We got things done quicker. We saved money, time, and effort. But at what cost? We were slaves of automation. We were slowly being replaced by the very machines we created. There would be untold profits for corporations and industries. But human labor was needed less and less, risking thousands of jobs and condemning countless even more to abject poverty.
It was not all rosy in the world of automation. But it was not all gloom either. Let us examine the advantages and disadvantages of industrial automation closer.
On one hand, automation reduced production time. There was better repeatability and more accuracy. It could also lessen cost. The automation could cover the energy and effort that humans would use— tenfold. There was also an assurance of safety. And of course, it would ensure higher volume of production and usher greater profit.
On the other, there was less versatility. Automation and manufacturing could contribute to pollution. It could take away jobs and leave lesser room for creativity.
As humans, the price was higher. Personal achievement was compromised. People would get used to having things easier, faster, and more convenient. They would rely on automation to pamper and give them everything. It would also chip away their sense of expression. The building of one’s character through doing physical labor, using one’s mind, and practicing innate creativity were also greatly affected.
How would you want to spend your life? Would you sacrifice your inner growth for comfort? Or would you cultivate your creativity, independence, and sense of direction by eschewing the modern privileges?
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Rosen, Rebecca J. 2015. “In Praise of Short-Term Thinking.” Atlantic, September 3. Accessed September 14, 2017. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/jobs-automation-technological-unemployment-history/403576/.