Automation is work performed by information technologies and machines. The following are illustrative examples.
Self-ServiceA self-service checkout counter at a supermarket that performs functions historically performed by a cashier such as accepting payment.
Business RulesAn application for a banking product that is accepted or rejected by a system based on predefined business rules.
Decision AlgorithmsA stock trading algorithm that decides how to buy and sell stocks based on a mathematical model and market data.
SpaceA space probe with semi-autonomous functionality. For example, a planetary rover might decide to take a particular soil sample.
Machines that perform repetitive labor such as packaging peanuts.A robot is any machine with semi-autonomous functions. For example, a vacuum cleaner might clean a room itself without much need of direction.A workflow engine that orchestrates a business process by deciding how to assign work to employees based on data and business rules.
ScriptsA script that is run at a specific time each day to clean up disk space on a web server.
Self-RepairAn operating system that self-repairs broken files.An artificial intelligence that has learned what a pedestrian looks like in a wide variety of conditions that can automatically apply the breaks of a car that is about to hit one.
Self-Driving VehicleA self-driving electric truck that makes long distance deliveries without a driver.A home that automatically unlocks the front door when it senses an authorized occupant approaching with a bag of groceries.
IntegrationA process that automatically shares data between two governments.
A personal assistant that attempts to reschedule your meetings when you are sick.
Virtual EnvironmentsA bot in a game that competes with human players.
NotificationsA refrigerator that decides to notify its owner that a carton of milk appears to have expired.Very small robots who self-organize to build a product to customer specifications.
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