Factory Automation : A Bit Of Change Between Now And Then Essay example

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When I think back to the year I was born, 1982 there has been quite a bit of change between now and then. In 1982 the major technological advances were the introduction of the first CD player and also the first time genetic engineering and human insulin was produced by bacteria. Most importantly TIME Magazine’s man of the year was the computer which was the year the Commodore 64 was released (The People History, Steve Pearson, 2016). Now 34 years later, in 2016 there are endless technology changes. Many of these advancements couldn’t have happened without the integration of factory automation. Factory automation is defined as “1. The automatic operation or control of equipment, a process, or a system. 2. The techniques and equipment used to achieve automatic operation or control. 3. The condition of being automatically controlled or operated” (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 2011). Benefits of technology and automation include future driverless cars and trucks which will help eliminate traffic jams and eliminate room for human error, robots that can help provide assistance for elderly care, and elimination of manual strenuous labor that can be repeated by a machine.
One example of a changing technology and automation is Watson, the IBM cogitative computing system. A woman was playing Jeopardy at the National Retail Federation annual conference and was competing against Watson. He was not hooked up to the internet and had a built in delay…

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