Articles about automation


The sharks of AI will attack expensive and scarce workers faster than they eat drivers

Although sixty years old, artificial intelligence remained mostly a curiosity until half a decade ago, when IBM’s Watson trounced the world’s best Jeopardy! players in a televised match. At the time, you might have thought nothing of that - what does a game show matter in the scheme of things? It didn’t stop there. IBM sent …
Mark Pesce, 14 Nov 2016

Microsoft's IFTTT competitor goes live for suits & sysadmins alike

Programming-lite service has won plenty of fans with its ability to link services and devices, then automate things with “if this, then that” statements. And now Microsoft's having a waft at a similar service with the formal debut of a new service dubbed “Flow”. If you've used Outlook's rules feature, which filters …
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Bloody robots! 860k public sector jobs to be automated by 2030, say researchers

Once upon a time a public sector job was a golden ticket: little actual work, less accountability, and a job for life. Not any longer. According to research by Deloitte, building on its previous work with the University of Oxford about job automation, up to 861,000 public sector jobs could be automated by 2030. In just over a …
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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

Hillary Clinton may have the most human supporters among those running for the US presidency, but Donald Trump has an edge among automatons. Pro-Trump Twitter hashtags from September 26 – the date of the first US presidential debate – through September 29 outnumbered pro-Clinton hashtags by about two-to-one, according to a …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Oct 2016

Sharing your work cubicle with robots may not be such a bad thing

Keep calm and carry on; artificial intelligence will not take all our jobs and achieve world domination, according to a report released by Forrester. Prominent figures including Elon Musk, co-chairman of OpenAI, and Professor Stephen Hawking have publicly warned people about how the advent of AI will cause an existential …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Jun 2016

Ansible adds .1 to Ansible 2.0, de-betas networking

Ansible has pushed out version 2.1 of its eponymous automation platform, with a large part of the update consisting of peeling off beta stickers on features it announced earlier this year. The vendor unveiled a foray into networking back in February at its London AnsibleFest. That technical preview has now been formalised as a …
Joe Fay, 27 May 2016

Jenkins 2.0, where the devil have you been?

The Jenkins project has declared a new focus on ease of use after finally delivering version 2 of the automaton platform, a mere 10 years after version 1 hit the streets. While the community behind the platform has not exactly been idle - pushing out 655 weekly releases of the platform - the latest release delivers on a number …
Joe Fay, 26 Apr 2016
The puppets from Team America: World Police gather at a bar for drinks.

Puppet snags COO, ties up partners, and renames itself

Puppet Labs has snagged its first president and COO, cut its name in half, and announced a raft of integrations and partnerships as it pledges to bring automation to the mainstream. The firm has recruited Sanjay Mirchandani, who has done stints as senior vp of VMware’s Asia Pac organisation, and as CIO at EMC. Puppet Labs …
Joe Fay, 7 Apr 2016
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Data centre inventory tools have come around again? Yup, they have

BMC's betting that despite decades of lecturing about the importance of accurate inventories of your servers and networks, you haven't learned the lesson and are still losing tin and VMs in your bit barns. This time around the company feels it's not entirely your fault: now that we're all doing automation and spinning up …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Feb 2016
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Ansible charges into network automation with Cisco, Juniper

Ansible claimed to cast its wings over the entire systems landscape today, as it brought automation of network infrastructure into its core platform. The move means networking guys can take full advantage of the Red Hat subsidiary’s automation platform even in multivendor environments – or that they have no escape from the …
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2016
Robot AI Woman

Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

Andrew at Large At the Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican last year, Claire Fox chaired a panel titled "Is Technology Limiting Our Humanity?", and invited me to take part. Panelists could give a seven-minute introduction. It's now online as a video and podcast*. Two avenues looked promising, and I'll give you excerpts from each. One …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Feb 2016
Pulling the plug

Automic grasps plug-in, reaches for OpenStack

Automation vendor Automic has clambered onto OpenStack with a plug-in to link its software to the open Cloud platform. The vendor said the plug-in would streamline the “deployment and provisioning of OpenStack resources and alongside application components and new versions, resulting in the Continuous Delivery of applications …
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2016

Chef reviews internal update plans after 'degradation incident'

Chef fans faced going hungry on Friday afternoon as the automation vendor’s hosted service degraded itself by having a little lie-down in the back pantry. Chef issued a mea culpa explaining the “Hosted Chef Service Degradation Incident”, which saw users presented with 404 errors at the end of “successful” Chef Client runs, or …
Joe Fay, 1 Feb 2016

Puppet Labs guards cash pile, gets chilly over IPO plans

Puppet Labs has laid out plans to scale up its R&D and sales operations, after tapping a credit line and apparently putting plans for a Spring IPO on ice. The IT automation vendor said last May that it expected to hit revenues of around $100m in 2015, and to make a stock market debut this spring. However, while last year saw …
Joe Fay, 20 Jan 2016
Are you being served?

Serving up IT on a silver platter, also known as ITSM

In the 1950s, we imagined a world where everything was automated. Robots would clean for us, and small boxes would instantly produce hot food. Now, we have the Roomba and the microwave, and shortly, cars that drive themselves. Even Zuck is preparing his electronic butler. To top it all, there’s not a dodgy-looking Jetsons …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Jan 2016
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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is failing to ensure that American pilots can manually fly passenger jets if the automated systems controlling the aircraft fail, a report by the US Department of Transportation Inspector General has found. "While airlines have long used automation safely to improve efficiency and reduce …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jan 2016
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Ansible dumps Van Halen product names for Led Zeppelin references

Ansible has released version 2.0 of its eponymous automation platform, marking what it claims is its “most ambitious” release to date by switching its code name conventions from Van Halen songs to Led Zeppelin tracks. Thus the new release is dubbed “Over the Hills and Far Away”. Which at least is less ominous perhaps than …
Joe Fay, 12 Jan 2016

Jenkins issues code of conduct to keep rowdy automation fans in line

Jenkins has warned its more boisterous contributors that they face banishment from the automation server community if they fall foul of the code of conduct it finally got round to publishing this week. The project's board has consciously followed in the “footsteps of other projects like the Apache Software Foundation...and …
Joe Fay, 8 Jan 2016

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