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John Rose classified automation into 4 catergories: control, scientific, information and others. This classification drew a clear line between automation and mechanism.
The term "automation" is first used when Ford Motor Company started up their factories specially for automation.
The term "automation" was coined by Ford Motor Company.http://www.ford.com/
The first few computers are being created. Terms and theories appeared soon to explain the functions of these devices and their systems.
Leonardo Torres y Quevedo, a Spanish inventor, advocated automation and presented the argument that machines are capable to do what man can do.