Throughout the history, automation has provided a net benefit to society and generation after generation , three positive things have repeatedly occured:
- A new abundance has been created: sales of products and services produced by automation, Smart Phones,Uber, Netflix,Amazon and so on now vastly more affordable and of higher quality, skyrocket.
- With the new abundance, overall employment rises, even when threre is less labor input per unit.
- Society gains a net benefit, with higher living standards created by newly affordable products and services.
Each time a new form of automation is introduced, there is consternation and anxiety.
Think in the steamboat, the locomotive or the assembly line. With the introduction of each new technology, vested interests were threatened and busines as usual was upended. This is the history of the Luddites. In the context of the moment their arguments had sense. Yet in the context of the history, as we recognize how the loom clothed the world and established a foundation for global trade, initiated the growth of a large middle class, and launched various related industries, the Luddites were wrong.
Automation is a deep and unstoppable force.
Automation of your core processes is a key first step for you and your organization to gain in deep operational understanding of the new machine, and to unlock its potential for future bounty.
Don’t allow Luddite thinking to remove those opportunities.
The new machine era will be painful for some to accept, but this shift is inevitable; if we manage it wisely, it will ultimately be positive for our companies and our societies.