Robotics taking over

Robotics taking over
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Movies have somewhat given us an idea of what this could look like and there has been anticipation and in some cases, fear, of the world being overrun by technology and robots. Although this might seem like talk for the developed nations, there is no doubt that this will entail a considerable influence on the emerging economies around the world.

The Financial Times and Nikkei conducted a joint research project looking at the impact of automation in the different fields of work and came up with findings showing a vast majority of the Asian population just might become redundant.

For example, in agriculture, it is estimated that only 41% of its activities might be subject to automation, which is good news as it remains a key component in many economies, accounting for 9-28% of GDP and serving as a source of employment to many in rural areas. Whereas, in fields like industrial production, a whopping 80.2% of the activities are subject to automation, which could well be a nightmare for workers in this field, causing even the ILO (International Labor Organization) to grow wary, warning 56% of the workforce in Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are at an elevated risk of losing their jobs, especially those working in clothing factories.

The food industry is next in line with a percentage of 68.5% of its activities most likely subject to automation. Whether it is in healthcare support, construction and extraction or even transportation, one cannot deny that robotics is slowly but surely encrusting itself in our daily lives. The question now is, just how far can it replace the human ability?

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