A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on studies that found automation is making us dumber. Doctors who use templates to diagnose a patient’s illness lose their intuitive diagnostic skills (e.g., the Dallas Ebola patient). Pilots who train only on computer programing and seldom fly manually lose the ability to respond to emergencies (e.g., the Air France crash over the Atlantic Ocean).
(To the tune of, “Imagination,” by Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Burke (1940))
This automation is dumbing.
That brain in your head it’s numbing.
You, twiddle your thumbs hum-drumming
while machines think for you.
This automation is chilling.
Our common sense, it is killing.
Solving problems, once thrilling
How to do? Not a clue.
Due to automation pilots lose
those skills they used to hone.
Now they’re terrified to fly a plane on their own.
This automation is crazy.
Conveniences make you lazy.
All that bother to cogitate, what a fuss.
Meanwhile, they automate, and create
zombies of us.
Lyric © 2014 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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