Darkhorse started a very good thread about the impact of automation on the economy. It's an interesting topic, and perhaps we can spark a discussion with this article about robots patrolling malls. The post Darkhorse started included mention of ATMs, automatic checkout lines at grocery stores, pay at the pump at gas stations and a test kiosk at a fast food place that took your order and money. This is a continuation of the Industrial Revolution, which started about 200 years ago. Boring, repetitive tasks practically beg for automation. What future tasks to you see being automated?