What Not To Automate

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Lucy Wyman

Software Engineer - Bolt

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Agenda

What Is Automation?

"Automation is the technology by which a process or procedure is performed without human assistance." - Wikipedia

Focus on software automation

Why Do We Automate?

To Save Human Time

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For Consistency | Stability | Fewer Mistakes

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Visibility

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Because We Don't Enjoy a Task

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To Save Money

To be clear, automation is pretty great

What To Consider When Automating

Is It Worth It?

Is It Worth It?

Costs & Savings

Costs Savings
Time & Money Time & Money
Maintenance Maintenance
Sanity Sanity
Security Security

Ethical Considerations

Job Loss

Are profits of automation evenly distributed?

When Not To Automate

Automation Can

Automation Gone Wrong

Suggestions

Suggestions

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Breastfeeding Photos Flagged as Nudity

Stock Exchange Automation

Hiring AI

Facial Recognition Software

The Takeaway: Don't be afraid of automation, automate with respect

Automate software, not too much, mostly maths

Resources

Questions?

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Thank You!