It began in Africa. We stood up straight and got to grips with our thumbs (literally). We invented the wheel, engineered tools and started farming.
Pretty soon we realised that not everyone wanted to be a farmer however so very shortly afterwards, mankind began to specialise. To outsource. To automate.
We’ve been sub-contracting the bits of our life we prefer to avoid or aren’t very good at ever since. But what does this mean in the age of the app?
We know automation is evolutionary but are these 14 labour-saving apps revolutionary or just more work for our already overloaded opposing thumbs, fingers and devices?
We’ve grouped the apps and automation tools below into categories from things that make whole groups of apps talk to each other through to simple automation of your smartphone.
Tell us what you think.
So it’s official. We can automate pretty much everything at home and at work from a whole host of devices.
So what next?
The Economist earlier this year predicted that high-paying jobs such as accountants, real estate sales agents and commercial pilots would all lose their jobs to automated software within the next 20 years.
With driverless cars now licensed for testing on Californian highways, we might all need to download Type and Walk to make sure we don’t get run over by an automated car whilst we automate our lives on our smartphones!
On the upside, soon we’ll have so much time and so few jobs due to automation, we might all want to start farming our own food. Sound familiar?
What do you think? Please tell us about the automated platforms you could not live without.