The trend of increased automation means machines are increasingly doing work formerly done by beasts of burden and by humans. In the 21st century, this trend will accelerate, due to advances in artificial intelligence and robotics. Robots will increasingly perform the labor required for superprofit. Artificial intelligences (AIs) will increasingly perform information age functions, supplanting many knowledge workers.
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|Function||Previously Done By||Now Done By||Transition Milestone Date||Notes|
|Plowing, Harvesting||Ox, Horses, Mules, Humans||Tractors||1930||Both International Harvester and John Deere in full production of tractors.|
|Ditch Digging||Humans||Excavators, Bulldozers||1930||Caterpillar in full production of tracked bulldozers. |
|Freight Transportation||Ox, Horses, Mules, Humans||Trains||1825||Stockton and Darlington Railway begins operations, hauling coal.|
|Personal Transportation||Horses||Automobile||1914||Ford begins begins mass production of automobiles.|