automation News for August 08 2017

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Beyond Automation

Automation has traditionally displaced workers, forcing them onto higher ground that machines have not yet claimed. If we reframe the use of machines as augmentation, human work can flourish and accomplish what was never before possible. Some knowledge workers will step up to even higher levels of cognition; others will step aside and draw on forms of intelligence that machines lack. After hearing of a recent Oxford University study on advancing automation and its potential to displace workers, Yuh-Mei Hutt, of Tallahassee, Florida, wrote, “The idea that half of today’s jobs may vanish has changed my view of my children’s future.” Hutt was reacting not only as a mother; she heads a business and occasionally blogs about emerging technologies. That’s especially true now that automation is coming to knowledge work, in the form of artificial intelligence. What if we were to reframe the situation? What if, rather than asking the traditional question-What tasks currently performed by humans will soon be done more cheaply and rapidly by machines?-we ask a new one: What new feats might people achieve if they had better thinking machines to assist them? Instead of seeing work as a zero-sum game with machines taking an ever greater share, we might see growing possibilities for employment. The two of us have been looking at cases in which knowledge workers collaborate with machines to do things that neither could do well on their own. Aiming for increased automation promises cost savings but limits us to thinking within the parameters of work that is being accomplished today. Augmentation, in contrast, means starting with what humans do today and figuring out how that work could be deepened rather than diminished by a greater use of machines. We propose a change in mindset, on the part of both workers and providers of work, that will lead to different outcomes-a change from pursuing automation to promoting augmentation. Knowledge workers will come to see smart machines as partners and collaborators in creative problem solving. In essence this is the same advice that has always been offered and taken as automation has encroached on human work: Let the machine do the things that are beneath you, and take the opportunity to engage with higher-order concerns. Stepping forward means bringing about machines’ next level of encroachment, but it involves work that is itself highly augmented by software. For augmentation to work, employers must be convinced that the combination of humans and computers is better than either working alone.
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Four fundamentals of workplace automation

As the automation of physical and knowledge work advances, many jobs will be redefined rather than eliminated-at least in the short term. What will be the impact of automation efforts like these, multiplied many times across different sectors of the economy? Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life? Should we fear threats to jobs, disruptions to organizations, and strains on the social fabric? Although we often think of automation primarily affecting low-skill, low-wage roles, we discovered that even the highest-paid occupations in the economy, such as financial managers, physicians, and senior executives, including CEOs, have a significant amount of activity that can be automated. The magnitude of automation potential reflects the speed with which advances in artificial intelligence and its variants, such as machine learning, are challenging our assumptions about what is automatable. It’s no longer the case that only routine, codifiable activities are candidates for automation and that activities requiring “Tacit” knowledge or experience that is difficult to translate into task specifications are immune to automation. In many cases, automation technology can already match, or even exceed, the median level of human performance required. Amazon’s fleet of Kiva robots is equipped with automation technologies that plan, navigate, and coordinate among individual robots to fulfill warehouse orders roughly four times faster than the company’s previous system. Sales organizations could use automation to generate leads and identify more likely opportunities for cross-selling and upselling, increasing the time frontline salespeople have for interacting with customers and improving the quality of offers. Conventional wisdom suggests that low-skill, low-wage activities on the front line are the ones most susceptible to automation. These interim findings, emphasizing the clarity brought by looking at automation through the lens of work activities as opposed to jobs, are in no way intended to diminish the pressing challenges and risks that must be understood and managed. Nor do we yet have a definitive perspective on the likely pace of transformation brought by workplace automation. Critical factors include the speed with which automation technologies are developed, adopted, and adapted, as well as the speed with which organization leaders grapple with the tricky business of redefining processes and roles. All this points to new top-management imperatives: keep an eye on the speed and direction of automation, for starters, and then determine where, when, and how much to invest in automation. Making such determinations will require executives to build their understanding of the economics of automation, the trade-offs between augmenting versus replacing different types of activities with intelligent machines, and the implications for human skill development in their organizations.
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These jobs are least susceptible to automation VICE News

Let’s not mince words – the loss of jobs to automation is a very real problem, increasingly affecting much of the Western world. While President Trump might be out there bellowing about creating manufacturing jobs in America’s rust belt, the fact of the matter is these jobs are long gone, and not coming back. A new report by the job search site Indeed.com. Has curated job availability across all sectors in Canada in an attempt to identify what industries are most and least prone to automation. Jobs that are not susceptible to automation tend to be focused in the science and tech field – data scientists, healthcare professionals and cyber-security experts. For those of you in jobs that are repetitive and methodical by nature, the machines are coming for you. “Jobs that had a very large non-routine component to them tended to be least susceptible to automation,” Indeed.com economist Daniel Culbertson told VICE Money. The report found that from 2016 to 2017, the number of data scientist job postings in Canada increased by 75 percent. The catchment of data sheerly from most people being online at least 12 hours a day has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. Job postings for cybersecurity experts also increased drastically between 2016 and 2017. Worth pointing out as well is the number of jobs that have been created in the so-called “Gig economy”, as a result of automation. A 2016 report from the human resources consulting firm Randstad indicated that independent contractors, remote workers and on-demand workers make up between 20-30 percent of the Canadian workplace. So it’s not just that we’re losing full-time jobs to automation – we’re apparently choosing to opt for part-time work for the sake of flexibility. Their data reveals that 55 percent of Canadian workers participate in the gig economy because “It’s the only way to make a living right now.” 71 percent of gig economy workers are under the age of 40.
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Rockwell Automation – Smart Manufacturing Begins with the …

Integrated systems for process manufacturing. Brands include Allen-Bradley, Reliance Electric and Rockwell Software.
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AUTOMATION TESTING Tutorial: Process, Planning & Tools

Automation Testing means using an automation tool to execute your test case suite. Goal of Automation is to reduce number of test cases to be run manually and not eliminate manual testing all together. Different types of software testing that can be automatedSmoke Testing. It is an Object-Oriented automated functional testing tool that is capable of performing automated functional, regression, data-driven testing and GUI testing. Right selection of automation tool, testing process and team, are important players for automation to be successful.
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Automation

Polaris Multi-Process enables flexible automation of traditionally manual, end-of-line assembly processes. Multiple operations can be performed in a single cell, including dispensing, vision inspection, screw driving, pick and place, bar code reading, labeling, and many other operations. Polaris Servo-Gripper facilitates efficient automation of final product assembly and odd form assembly. Assemble virtually any non-standard device including connectors, transformers, shielding, and more. Uflex delivers economical single-process automation for a wide range of assembly tasks.
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IT Automation for the Enterprise

Task Visibility Adds the option to hide unnecessary Tasks and Queries from the RES ONE Automation Console for a cleaner and simplified list of available tasks. Manage Add-ons option Provides an overview of the installed Add-ons in RES ONE Automation, then the ability to delete one or more Add-ons if they are no longer required. Separation of Add-ons Third-party connectors have been separated from the RES ONE Automation release cycle for greater agility in the development and release of new connectors. SUSE Linux Enterprise SUSE Linux is a very popular distro, and we have made RES ONE Automation Agents available for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server release 11 SP4 and 12. Version control RES ONE Automation offers better auditability and change control through versioning.
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