The Age Of Automation

The Age Of Automation

by George Hall
     
 

Automation now supplants economic activity more than it supports it. Furthermore, this process is fueled by enormous economic forces, which intensifies dependence on automation and spawns other sociological consequences. Of these consequences, fraud generates the highest immediate losses, amounting to $300 billion annually. In the long run, however, the greatest

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Automation now supplants economic activity more than it supports it. Furthermore, this process is fueled by enormous economic forces, which intensifies dependence on automation and spawns other sociological consequences. Of these consequences, fraud generates the highest immediate losses, amounting to $300 billion annually. In the long run, however, the greatest economic cost will occur through loss of jobs, and a lowering of net skills for most of the balance. Other consequences include pervasive invasion of privacy, and overdependence on technology at the expense of developing critical reasoning, judgement, and a personal sense of responsibility. Fortunately, many of these consequences could be ameliorated by automated countermeasures that offset the excesses. Unfortunately, it usually takes a crisis to institute fundamental reform, though the looming economic meltdown stemming from the mounting federal debt offers just such an opportunity.

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Combining backgrounds in computer science and sociology, Hall presents evidence that, for all the embarrassment the admission entails, the poets, doomsayers, and luddites were right when they predicted that machines would supplant rather than support human endeavor, only in the form of silent microchips inside innocuous plastic cases rather than the roaring oily monsters foreseen in previous decades. He sets the intellectual and technological stage for the rise of automation; shows how it is being applied in the various fundamental domains of human life; identifies the ethical problems created in economic and psychological spheres; and suggests measures for amelioration. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275951948
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1380L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

GEORGE M. HALL teaches Computer Science and Sociology at Pima Community College. He is the author of more than 10 books, six on the subject of computer technology, including Systems, Strategy, and Integration (1990) and Image Processing (1991). His book, The Fifth Star was published by Praeger in 1994.

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