The word "systems administrator", or sysadmin for short, today is used to describe the humans who do the daily drudgery of maintenance and monitoring of electronic computers. In the near future we may see the term "systems administrator" used to describe the software which monitors and maintains electronic computers. This would release human sysadmins from their drudgery and create a field which might be called systems administration engineering, infrastructure architecture, or some variant.
These factors made the cost of ownership of an early auto high enough that only the most affluent could afford to buy one. This retarded general adoption of the motor vehicle for some decades, and extended the use of animal and human power alongside early vehicles. Heavy trucks were too expensive for practical use until even well after light cars became commonplace.
Standardization, mass production, automated assembly, and eventually mass customization changed the automobile industry. Cost of ownership has dropped by at least two orders of relative magnitude, and has enabled ubiquitous motor vehicle use and higher quality of life in even the poorest parts of the world.
These factors make the cost of ownership of computers high enough that only the most affluent can afford to buy one, and usable lifespan of computers is short -- most are discarded rather than upgraded. This will continue to retard adoption of general-purpose computing for some decades, and extend the use of paper and manual data processing alongside computers. Artificial intelligence and supercomputing applications will remain too expensive for general use until even well after personal computers become as common as cars.
Standardization, automated administration, and mass customization can change the computer industry. Cost of ownership can drop by at least two orders of magnitude, and can enable ubiquitous computer use and higher quality of life in even the poorest parts of the world. [an error occurred while processing this directive]