Meanings: Automation

January 21, 2014

XKCD hits the nail on the head (is that a metaphor slated to die soon?) about “automation” this week:automation

It made me wonder how long we have been using the term “automation” — how long we have been thinking in these terms. Clearly it is term of only recent use, but the Google NGram on “automation” is one of the most unusual I have ever seen.

NGram automation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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