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UN: robots will cause massive unemployment

The United Nations published a report, according to which in the next few years more than 65% of the workforce in developed countries will lose their jobs against the backdrop of accelerating technology development.

Employees will simply be replaced by robots and computerized systems.

The report notes that in case of realization of this scenario it would be necessary to introduce an unconditional basic income to support 75% of the population which remained without work.

 Anti-Media previously reported in the forecasts that in the next two decades, approximately half of the US workforce may be replaced by automated systems. In another statistical report it was reported that about 1.7 million truck drivers could lose their jobs within a decade.

 The UN report notes that we risk facing a “premature deindustrialization” globally.

 "Increased use of robots in the developed countries risks reducing their advantage to developing countries," explained in the report.

 No less alarming report by the World Bank states:

 The share of occupations that may experience a the impact of the automation of labor in developing countries is actually higher than in developed countries, where many of these jobs have already disappeared.

 Developing countries are advised to respond to the new "breakthrough technologies" with development of digital technologies and the creation of "enabling macro-economic, industrial and social policy."

 However, the agenda still includes the main question: what should the hundreds of thousands and millions of people who are at risk of losing their job do? For example, what about those 1.7 million truck drivers who will lose their jobs? Philosopher Zoltan Istvan believes that all this will inevitably lead to mass unrest and, ultimately, to the revolts.

 "Zoltan discusses age of robots capable of replacing humans as the period when a human will have more opportunities to improve the level of education and culture – something that previous generations could not dream of. However, along with this, he was in favor of the introduction of an unconditional basic income as a method of protection that reduces the risk of chaos and disorder, when robotic economy will be in full bloom," stated in the Anti-Media.

 However, people in developing countries will not be able to count on the unconditional basic income. But even if that happens, the extremely low standard of living will eclipse all the charm of an affordable vacation and opportunities for business development.

 "These are questions that need to find an answer for in the next 10 years. And the sooner, the better. It is better for us, since the impending age of automation jeopardizes the very nature of human work. Moreover, it may require us to rethink the human role in the post-industrial society," the authors of blog note.


  • November 29, 2016 4:55 PM MSK