Linux Kernel v2.6.23 Released
computing was supposed to automate. ... am i there to help the computer do it's job? or is the computer there to help me do mine?
You should note that the vast majority of computers (except the one at your desk) do work without intervention already. Your cell phone is a computer. Your CD player, DVD player, game console, and HDTV are all computers. There are many computers in your car. Every room door at a hotel has a computer. And so on... All of these computers have made "everyones lives easier by helping the person".
(The other argument is that desktop computers are still relatively new in the world. Like animals with big brains and a lot of potential, they need a lot of instruction, rearing, love, and attention. Eventually they will mature, require less attention, and maybe even take care of us.)