Automation and the Five Stages of Grief

People protesting robots
Cyber Monday At Amazon HQ, War on Want

Automation is here. Most of us love its outputs, though many of us aren’t aware of the extent of its proliferation. Or rather, we don’t want to be aware. For better or worse, COVID-19 lockdowns have made this reality visible to more people.

Consider how many billions of people spent the majority of their time at home for the past year, due to government-enforced lockdowns and social distancing…