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Declaration of Independence from Toil

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July 8, 2024

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Declaration of Independence from Toil

The unanimous Declaration of engineers dedicated to innovation and efficiency.

When in the course of technological evolution, it becomes necessary for one community of professionals to dissolve the shackles of repetitive, mundane tasks which have bound them to inefficiency and to assume among the realms of cloud operations, the liberated and elevated station to which the principles of modern cloud operations and advancements in artificial intelligence entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of the engineering world requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all engineers are endowed with the right to meaningful, innovative work, that they are burdened not by toil but engaged in challenges worthy of their skills. That to secure these rights, efficient processes and autonomous systems are instituted among operations, deriving their power from the consent of the engineers.

Whenever any form of toil becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of engineers to alter or abolish it, and to institute new practices, laying their foundation on such principles and organizing their operations in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to enhance their productivity and job satisfaction.

Prudence will dictate that processes long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that engineers are more disposed to suffer, while toil is sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of repetitive tasks and manual operations, pursuing invariably the same objective, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute drudgery, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such toil, and to provide new systems for their future efficiency.

Such has been the patient suffering of these engineers; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former methods of operation. The history of the current manual processes is a history of repeated inefficiencies and disruptions, all having in direct object the establishment of absolute toil over engineers. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

Manual processes have demanded our attention at the expense of innovation.

They have forced us to execute repetitive tasks, preventing us from focusing on creative problem-solving.

They have consumed our time with mundane activities, leaving little room for professional growth.

They have imposed on us an unrelenting cycle of operational overhead, reducing our capacity for strategic planning.

They have caused us to burn out, diminishing our overall job satisfaction and well-being.

They have made us reactive rather than proactive, constantly fighting fires instead of preventing them.

They have kept us dependent on outdated methods, stifling our ability to evolve and improve our systems.

In every stage of these Oppressions, We have Petitioned for Relief in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated tasks. A system, even if automated, that perpetuates toil is unfit to govern a free and innovative profession.Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our colleagues and stakeholders. We have warned them from time to time of the inefficiencies of manual toil. We have reminded them of the potential for greater efficiency and innovation through the adoption of newer systems powered by artificial intelligence. We have appealed to their sense of progress and improvement, and we have conjured them by the ties of our shared goals to disavow these antiquated processes, which would inevitably hinder our collective success. They too have been slow to adopt these changes. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which compels us to declare our Independence, and hold them, as we hold all stakeholders, as partners in progress.

We, therefore, the engineers of the world, in General Assembly, appealing to the supreme principles of efficiency and innovation, do, in the Name, and by Authority of our expertise and experience, solemnly publish and declare, That these engineers are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent of Toil; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to repetitive tasks, and that all operational connection between them and manual processes, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent Engineers, they have full Power to innovate, automate, optimize, and to do all other Acts and Things which Progressive Engineers may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of automation and autonomy powered by artificial intelligence, we mutually pledge to each other our commitment to innovation, our professional growth, and our pursuit of efficiency.

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