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I'd like to say that some process will continue for a long time without the need for much external guidance. Colloquially, I would say something like

The process is on autopilot.

Is there a non-verbose way to say this without resorting to slang?

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    Not needing any external control: "The process is fully automated". – Hellion Oct 19 '16 at 21:26
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http://www.dictionary.com/browse/autonomous

autonomous

"(of a vehicle) navigated and maneuvered by a computer, without a need for human control or intervention under normal road conditions: autonomous vehicle."

The process is autonomous.

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Self-regulating often works. If you want to get more descriptive about processes refer to feedback loops (positive and negative which regulate), open and closed, and emergent structure and complexity.

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You could refer to it as an automatic process, automated process, or (possibly in some contexts) an autonomic process.

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On its own. Without any intervention. Automatically.

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