Feb

Pros and cons of automation

Automation drives forward the economy. It allows businesses to scale and service large groups of customers. Automation first appeared in traditional industries, such as cotton production in England in 18th century or car conveyors in the US in early 20th century. The automation replaced physical labor.

With the invention of computers automated systems began to replace intellectual labour such as math calculations. Most of the software applications we use today can be described as automation. Online payments processing, online tickets purchasing, tax returns software, computer games, search engines, and endless other programs are all examples of software automation system.

As a next step we are now aiming at automating human decision making processing and high-level intellectual activities, historically considered to be sole domain of humans.

 

One interesting aspect of automation is lesser quality of service compared to manual service.

This is to be expected. If we gain in quantity we lose in quality.The gain in quantity is what automation is about - it allows to reach out to a large number of customers. Manual product or service can reach out to individuals only. The price we pay for the ability to deliver product or provide service en masse is the drop in quality.

 

Sometimes automation is an obvious choice. This is when the gain, the scalability, hugely outweighs the costs, lower quality. Search engine is a popular successful example. In other cases, the advantage in not so obvious. Online travel booking offers fast service without leaving the comforts of the home, but it does not often deliver the best option, such as finding the cheapest flight, and therefore many people still use ‘manual’ travel agents.

 

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We all like something for nothing, that’s why open source software is so popular. (It’s also why the Pirate  Bay exists). But sometimes things that seem too good to be true are just that. 

Repustate is in the text analytics game which means we needs lots and lots of data to model certain  characteristics of written text. We need common words, grammar constructs, human-annotated corpora  of text etc. to make our various language models work as quickly and as well as they do. 

We recently embarked on the next phase of our text analytics adventure: semantic analysis. Semantic  analysis the process of taking arbitrary text and assigning meaning to the individual, relevant components.  For example, being able to identify “apple” as a fruit in the sentence “I went apple picking yesterday” but to  identify “Apple’ the company when saying “I can’t wait for the new Apple product announcement” (note:  even though I used title case for the latter example, casing should not matter)

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Volunteering during social distancing



nmodes is making an effort to assist you during this challenging time. Our team created this online community resource https://nmodes-coronavirus.web.app resource to help during COVID-19 self-isolation. It is powered by nmodes conversational AI.

In case you or your close ones are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, our self-assessment tool could help to determine if further medical care is needed.

With the self-isolation assessment, you could measure whether your self-isolation procedures are appropriate or not. It is important to maintain self-isolation to protect yourself from getting infected.

If you wish to volunteer and contribute to the community our chatbot will connect you with people who need help. You can contribute either virtually and in-person.

Most importantly if you would like to get help the chatbot will connect you with a volunteer who could assist with your needs.

It is fast and easy - answer quick questions and you are all set. We have volunteers ready to help with all kinds of requests , from grocery shopping and home chores to online tutoring and sharing game time.

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