Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bring on the robot apocalypse

Two administrative hurdles to deal with today, now that finals are over - one with tens of thousands of dollars at stake.

One was handled by a person.

One was automated.

The former was incredibly stressful, uncertain, infuriating, and ambiguous (although now, it seems, resolved). The latter went off without a hitch.

I know this sort of reasoning has caused problems in the past, but one nice thing about the robot apocalypse is that at least "the trains will run on time".


  1. I've automated much of my audio/video editing suite such that certain complex processes are done by a single key stroke. This allows me to do in one hour what might've taken a full workday, thus increasing my margin while also allowing me to charge a lower overall price. It's a win-win.

    The unfortunate part of this is that in A/V work you rarely have consistent material to work with between clients, but that usually each client has a consistent workflow and process (esp. the folks in broadcast radio and television). But when it comes to one-off or new clients, especially those who want both production and editing work, you essentially have to go back to doing everything manually from beginning to end. I don't mind this, I actually enjoy it because it allows me to be hands-on in every step of the process, and for me that is a lot of fun.

  2. In light of my earlier post on selection bias I should note it's possible operation here (also relevant to Joe's comment above).

    It's precisely the tougher issues where automation is harder to implement, so in an automated world the human contact increasingly deals with the frustrating (or in Joe's case - rewarding) work.

    That's a general statement... I think they probably could have automated this one. It was a simple yes/no funding status type issue.

  3. A major problem with computer (robot) automation is that the computers are programmed by programmers who understand little but the implementation, and the specifications are written by lawyers who understand how to screw you.

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  5. And speaking of robot processes.....

    1. :)

      I think I oughta leave this one up - it just fits

      Although I've been lazy about policing them lately anyway


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