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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