Automation has been variously described as a diabolical scheme of management, as a second industrial revolution, and as merely the next step in the slow evolution away from the "sweat shops" of the past. None of these definitions is completely wrong and none is completely right. As with most concepts that threaten to change existing social and economic patterns, its appraisal depends largely on how it will affect the one making the appraisal. Its importance in law lies chiefly in its impact on safety standards.
Donald F. Harrington, Automation's Impact on Industrial Safety, 7 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 265 (1958)