by Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

My car doors lock mysteriously for no apparent reason, its gears shift right before I think they should. My operating system decides to update and shut me down when I am racing toward a deadline. Elevators show up before I press the button. For a long time now, we have lost our time and knowledge to run around and do all of these things ourselves. Slowly but surely, we have added automation to so many aspects of our lives, and like it or not, there is so much good that has come of it. Yes, my car does run more efficiently because of variable valve timing, my clothes are cleaner, I am more comfortable, and on and on. It is automation, but not what I expect: my automaxpectations. Read the full article here.

This article was first published in the March print edition of Sound & Communications Magazine.