Most Notorious Victory, by Ben B. Seligman
Automation, that vague and portentous word, has come to signify two major processes. One is the profusion of information created by more and more powerful generations of computers; the other is the movement, rapid in industries like oil refining and chemicals and slower in most others, toward the creation of nearly automatic factories equipped with masses of machinery, animated by sensitive control devices, and overseen by a few—a very few—human custodians. When the computer is linked to the factory, as in the almost uncanny maneuvers involved in numerical control, little occasion seems to remain for the exercise of human judgment and human skill.
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