Do it manually!

…if you want things inconsistent.

Automation ensures repeatability.

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If you have a manual process, that you want to do manually — because reasons — you may be able to do it somewhat identically 10 or 100 or even 10,000 times. But if that process changes (it will), or you get forgetful (you will), or you make a simple mistake (you will), or die (going to happen), then it’s most certainly not repeatable.

Also, a few words on “reasons” — they’re quite often just excuses and justifications for remaining static.

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This Is An Alert…

Please god—you do not need to send alerts for absolutely every automatic process. And, no, “just in case” is even more meaningless.

Alerts are an interruption for someone. It’s a mechanism to tell someone that something has occured that the automation doesn’t know how to handle. This has happened, here’s why and what you need to do.

I can’t count the number of times that I’ve seen alerts going out to interrupt everyone to let them know that automation has done the automatic things that it was normally expected to do.

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In 24h, this channel was notifying the SRE team of — automation doing its job. 1,781 times.

It’s exactly like sending…

*thump*

…a notification for every…

*thump*

…heartbeat. I only want to know…

*thump*

…if it’s not doing what it’s…

*thump*

…implemented to handle…

*beeeeeeeep*

…automatically. Then I’ll worry about it.

Unsupervised Training of AI

did-you-kno:

Microsoft’s experimental chatbot turned
into a Nazi in less than a day. ‘Tay’ was
designed to interact with and learn from
18 to 24-year-olds on social media, but
immediately had to be taken down
because within 24 hours it tweeted
“Hitler was right.” Source Source 2

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Is this what happens when a village raises a child?

Engineers: we must think very carefully about A.I. If this kind of thing somehow gets committed into some government android/killbot’s repository, extraordinarily bad things will happen to humanity.