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Voice Activated technology control happens to be another remarkable breakthrough in automation. What is even more intriguing is that this latest innovation has wide-ranging applications made possible by dynamic research and development teams from premier developers. In home automation, voice activated TV remote enables the user to make some commands via audio recognition such as stop and play. In the same way, Microsoft Voice Activated Multimedia System is being employed in various multimedia commands hence its integration in automobiles. Other applications of audio recognition system include mobile phone operations, teleconferencing, online gaming, etc. Consequently, these form part of the broad realm of Automation studies.

Automation has revolutionized industrialization via the optimization of control systems along with information technologies. Basically, it is achieved via meticulous employment of logic and linear controls to manipulate behaviour commonly backed up by information and communication micro-electronic techniques. These are typically utilized for the advancement of trade and commerce, hence their economic ends. More often than not, automated processes are incorporated to improve either production of goods or delivery of services. In turn, it encompasses wide-ranging applications such as but not limited to banking (automated teller machines), health and wellness (radiography screening), manufacturing (telephone switchboards), etc.

Social approval of automated processes though, happened over time triggered by controversies during the onset of the Industrial Revolution. In particular, the attempt for weaving automation courtesy of Jacquard looms was hurdled by the Luddites (British Textile Social Movement). Back then, automation was regarded as detrimental to the workforce. Thanks to the modernization of the 20th century, that introduced modern notion on the matter, automation is not ultimately directed to attack employment of labour force but instead to promote human welfare. For instance, automated procedures are being developed to relieve men from doing dangerous and monotonous work. Besides, automation is confronted by certain limitations such as technicality, vulnerability, and cost. Although machines can supersede the endurance of men, human beings are still made superior by intelligence and free will.

The trend for automation brought about the many relevant scholastic programs offered in the academe. Undergraduate curricula include Bachelor of Science in Automation Technology, Bachelor of Engineering in Automation and Control Technology, and Bachelor of Technology in Process Automation. Further studies are accessible in graduate schools such as Master in Industrial Automation, Master of Science in Robotics and Automation, and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Automation. Another alternative is comprised of two-year short courses such as Associate of Science in Electric Automation, Associate of Applied Science in Automation Technology, and Associate of Applied Science in Automation Engineering Technology.

Employment privileges await Automation specialists given the ever expanding industry. Multinational companies comprise an attractive career niche to professionals such as premier business hub developers in the likes of American Software, Inc., Cerner Corporation, and USWEATT Corporation. Non-governmental organizations may also conduct research programs on automation, hence the need for expert assistance. For instance, Egypt launched the ICT4NGO program in 2009 aimed at NGO Automation Capacity Building in partnership with General Dynamics, Microsoft Corporation, UN Development Program, and ICP Trust Fund. National governments may also hire automation engineers on their many projects under the Department of Science and Technology. Academic institutions may also tender teaching posts to competent degree holders.