Are Robots Coming for Your Job?

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Are Robots Coming for Your Job?

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Robots, AI and other technological advances are partly responsible for the loss of manufacturing jobs in advanced countries.  Many more types of jobs are expected to be affected in the future.  What can workers in developing countries expect?  So far, new technologies have facilitated offshoring of jobs to follower countries.  However, as robots become cheaper, will they begin to compete with workers in these countries?  What skills will developing country workers need to participate in the 21st century economy? 


10:00am Setting the Stage: Workplace Automation
  Keynote Speech: Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Vice President, EFI, World Bank Group
10:10am - 10:35am Are Robots Replacing Workers?
10:10am Lighting Talk: Bill Maloney, Chief Economist, EFI, World Bank
10:15am Lighting Talk: Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Senior Economic Advisor, EFI, World Bank
10:20am Panel Discussion: Bill Maloney, Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Aart Kraay
10:35am - 11:07am Does Automation in Rich Countries Hurt Developing Ones?
10:37am Lighting Talk: Bob Rijkers, Senior Economist, World Bank
10:42am Lighting Talk: Hernan Winkler, Senior Economist, World Bank
10:48am Panel Discussion: Bob Rijkers, Hernan Winkler, Caroline Freund
11:07am - 11:54pm Panel Discussion: New Technologies and the Future of Work

Amy Wright, IBM

Susan Lund, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

Lynn Wu, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Robert Aktinson President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Moderator: Noreyana Fernando, World Bank Group

11:54am - 12:00pm Closing Remarks
  Bill Maloney, Chief Economist, EFI, World Bank
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Per Kurowski

Should we?Lower payroll taxes for humans, and place some payroll taxes on robots: a) So, there are better chances for humans to compete for jobs. b) So as to keep those payroll tax revenues that helps fund social security?
Wed, 02/05/2020 - 16:18
Adebayo Adenekan

In Africa where there is mass unemployment of the youth force, will the coming of robots not lead to crisis and instability on the continent?
Thu, 02/06/2020 - 14:30

Think of it, if people are not working to get some income, then no buying power, of course those products robots are producing will be share free or citizens will rely on sports or gambling
Thu, 02/06/2020 - 14:31

I think the # of jobs will finally remain the same... because even at the rate at which automation is progressing, we will still need humans to monitor and make decisions. The state of totally autonomous bots has time to evolve. What’s important is this.... quality of jobs will change. Hence massive upskilling is key to succeed in the future.
Thu, 02/06/2020 - 15:35
Carlos Ferreyra

Time is ticking! And our event  Are Robots Coming for Your Job? is right around the corner! In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Share your thoughts and questions on robots, automation, and what these technological developments mean for the future of work.
Thu, 02/06/2020 - 15:53

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