UN Report: Robots Will Replace Two-Thirds of All Workers in the Developing World

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UN Report: Robots Will Replace Two-Thirds of All Workers in the Developing World


From recent reports, it may seem like automation only affects those in developed countries; however, a report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development recently noted the ways in which automation impacts those in developing countries—and it seems that it impacts these nations even more than the industrialized world.

The report explains, “The increased use of robots in developed countries risks eroding the traditional labor-cost advantage of developing countries.” It cites another report from the World Bank that states, “The share of occupations that could experience significant automation is actually higher in developing countries than in more advanced ones, where many of these jobs have already disappeared.”

In short, this means that low-skill jobs in developing countries are more vulnerable, as these jobs could rather easily be done by robots, robots which would replace human low-skill labor in these countries. This translates to some staggering numbers: Two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries might be lost to automation.

The report continues by stating that automation could cause economic activity, like the manufacturing industry, to be reshored to developed countries from developing ones. If you aren’t familiar with this term, “reshoring” is the act of bringing back domestic manufacturing to a country. It is already happening today, but according to the report, it’s happening at a slow pace.

In the future, as automation continues to scale in the developing world, this rate will likely change dramatically.


This, of course, brings up a host of issues. How do we alleviate the impact that the robots/automation have on the developing world? How do we protect human workers and our economy from automation?

According to the report, “outcomes will be shaped by policies.” In other words, nations need to start planning for the inevitability of automation and job loss now. To that end, the report advises countries to embrace the “digital revolution” through the changing of educational policies combined with “supportive macroeconomic, industrial and social policies.” Thus, we need to incorporate computers more fully into our education system and change, from the ground up, how our society functions.

This, of course, will be no small task.

One social solution that could be introduced is Universal Basic Income—a guaranteed income that is given to all individuals regardless of employment status or economic situation. It is a system that is already being debated, as a host of experts in various industries are pushing for it. In fact, it is already being tested in Finland and other nations. Thus, in the near future, we can analyze its results and, if positive, rework our economic and social structures to accommodate it.

“Disruptive technologies always bring a mix of benefits and risks,” the report says. We should always weigh the risks these technologies bring while, at the same time, exploring new ways to better our society (and transforms our society) with them.

captain morgan
I kind of knew that this highly valuable UN report would come down to universal basic income.

Funny though, the UN doesn't seem to be so worried about global warming anymore.

.... Gotta laugh
Curious Cdn
They can all work in the Service Sector.
+1 / -1
Don't you just love the way the West is not mentioned as the unemployment rate will be the same as it in in the developing nations. They would give a fuk if the goods are on the shelf without fingerprints all over them.
Curious Cdn
+1 / -1
Now you can have morons in the Third Word complaining that X & Y took their jobs away, just like Drumpf does. China and Mexico didn't take away American "Heartland" jobs. Seimens, Asea, Brown Boveri, Mitsubishi, Daewoo took their jobs away ... the lying weasel.

...and Walter is too goddam stupid to get that. You're as thick as a plank.
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India, the first superpower to fall to the machine nation....

01 has occupied within one month both Moscow and Beijing...
The country's transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari told reporters today , "We won't allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this."

The statement wasn't a reflection of safety concerns. Rather, the minister's rejection of self-driving vehicles is about the jobs they would take away from drivers in the country. "We won't allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can't have a technology that ends up taking people's jobs," said Gadkari. He went on to say that while India was indeed short about 22,000 commercial drivers, the government was working on opening a number of training facilities across the country in order to get 5,000 more professional drivers on the road over the next few years.

Oh, and those that own the machines are going to give all those useless feeders free ride. Not! When we become redundant, we become extinct.
Curious Cdn
Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

Oh, and those that own the machines are going to give all those useless feeders free ride. Not! When we become redundant, we become extinct.

We will become disenfranchised and when the unemployment rate hits 90%, the whole edifice will be torn down.
Its nice to be retired.

Good luck to all you wel(un)fare types though.
Curious Cdn
Its nice to be retread.
Good for you!

Now get the nurse to push your tongue back in, it look odd like that.

The UN will bring in world institutionalism by the time you grow up.
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Its nice to be retread.

You mean retarded..

Danbones is retarded.
captain morgan
I shudder to think of all the global warming resulting from those machines.