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
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 21:26

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"(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.


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.


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


On its own. Without any intervention. Automatically.

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