"Automated infrastructure refers to the key infrastructure needed for Advanced Automation being a fully closed loop. These systems have the capacity to self-maintain and self-repair with little or no human intervention, keeping themselves in the condition and within the parameters set by the engineers. Systems such as transport networks, power generation, water treatment plants, mines, material processing plants, factories and other industrial systems. If these systems are all automated and interface with each other, the means for production for humanity will be ultimately efficient and scalable.
These complex systems can be developed using the power of open collaborative design, which has the additional benefit of giving transparency to their development. Having the industrial infrastructure fully automated means it can be easily scaled up to provide everything that the global population requires with ultimate flexibility, and it frees people up to do things that people are good at and want to do." (http://www.adciv.org/Advanced_automation)
- More detailed discussion at http://www.adciv.org/Automated_infrastructure