has been around for a long time. It originates from the word “automaton”; a word first used in the great poem The Iliad by Homer. In the classic work, the god Hephaestus was given the arduous task of fashioning all the weaponry for the Greek gods, which needed to be made from metal.
In order to do this faster and with increased efficiency, Hephaestus employed the help of automatons to assist him, which were machines capable of carrying out tasks without humans.
Fast forward a few thousand years and the meaning of automation has not changed; it’s the technology by which a process or procedure is performed without human assistance.