World Knowledge Forum

[WKF 2019] Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work│Richard Baldwin



We are at the dawn of a new era, one that will bring more change to the way we live and work than at any time since the Industrial Revolution. The transformation that automation, artificial intelligence and robotics brings is already changing our lives – but the oncoming digital tsunami will be much more powerful than we realize. Richard Baldwin, one of the world’s leading globalization experts, argues that the inhuman speed of change threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. White-collar robots are taking over service-sector and professional jobs. Technology makes it possible for skilled low-cost workers to virtually sit in another office on a different continent. Globotics will threaten the jobs of millions of skilled workers much faster than automation, industrialization and globalization did before. What measures will people and governments take in response? How do we avoid undermining work, for generations the foundation of individual prosperity? We can't stop the globots, but we can use adapt to this new world by focusing on the indispensable skills that no machine can copy: creativity and independent thought. The Globotics Upheaval will help each of us prepare for the oncoming wave of the advanced robotic workforce. ★ Facebook → ★ instagram → ★ Youtube →