In the simplest type of an automatic control loop, a controller compares a measured value of a process with a desired set value, and processes the resulting error signal to change some input to the process, in such a way that the process stays at its set point despite disturbances. This closed-loop control is an application of negative feedback to a system. The mathematical basis of control theory was begun in the 18th century, and advanced rapidly in the 20th.
Control of an automated teller machine (ATM) is an example of an interactive process in which a computer will perform a logic derived response to a user selection based on information retrieved from a networked database. The ATM process has similarities with other online transaction processes. The different logical responses are called scenarios. Such processes are typically designed with the aid of use cases and flowcharts, which guide the writing of the software code.The earliest feedback control mechanism was the water clock invented by Greek engineer Ctesibius (285–222 BC)

Dans le chapitre «  Vers l'automatisation des échecs »  : […] L'aspiration à une automatisation des échecs ne s'est d'abord traduite que par des récits de fiction puis par de pseudo-robots comme Turc qui, en 1809, gagna une partie à Napoléon Ier et dans lequel un joueur de petite taille pouvait se loger à l'insu du public. La première réalisation véritable – elle était électromécanique […] Lire la suite☛
Research by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne of the Oxford Martin School argued that employees engaged in "tasks following well-defined procedures that can easily be performed by sophisticated algorithms" are at risk of displacement, and 47 per cent of jobs in the US were at risk. The study, released as a working paper in 2013 and published in 2017, predicted that automation would put low-paid physical occupations most at risk, by surveying a group of colleagues on their opinions.[91] However, according to a study published in McKinsey Quarterly[92] in 2015 the impact of computerization in most cases is not replacement of employees but automation of portions of the tasks they perform.[93] The methodology of the McKinsey study has been heavily criticized for being intransparent and relying on subjective assessments.[94] The methodology of Frey and Osborne has been subjected to criticism, as lacking evidence, historical awareness, or credible methodology.[95][96] In addition the OCED, found that across the 21 OECD countries, 9% of jobs are automatable.[97]
PhantomJS va nous servir de "Web-Driver" et cela sera là son unique utilité. De quoi s'agit-il ? Afin que Python puisse interagir avec le navigateur Web (Chrome, Firefox ou autres), de la même manière que la communication avec une base de données, il nous faut un driver (pilote). C'est là qu'intervient le Web Driver, il permet la communication entre le navigateur Web et notre script Python. De base, Selenium peut utiliser différents drivers pour différents navigateurs (Chrome, Firefox, Opéra) mais ce qui nous intéresse, ce n'est pas d'ouvrir un navigateur mais d'avoir un navigateur headless (sans interface graphique, uniquement en ligne de commandes). C'est là qu'intervient PhantomJS, qui fournit lui-même son Web Driver. L'utilité c'est donc la rapidité d'exécution par rapport aux navigateurs classiques.