Automation Makes Us Dumb Wall Street Journal November 22, 2014 Has artificial firefighting arrived? Today’s firefighting technology can sense the environment (thermal imaging cameras) and respond to unexpected problems (personal alert safety systems). It has increased firefighter safety and improved fire ground operations. But it doesn’t think the way we think. Our input and actions are still required. Our concern should be, as presented in this WSJ article, that the overriding effect of automation may work to “de-skill” us. And this “fading of skills” may lead to relying too much on automation, which will render us less capable and adaptable in complex, dangerous situations. We will become more subservient to technology. Human insight, ingenuity and intuition can’t be replicated by robots. We will always need thinking, human firefighters!