UN: Robots will take two-thirds of all jobs in the developing world



It’s a common belief that low-wage workers will be hit the hardest by advanced robots in the workplace. When we take a global perspective on this, the people that will be most affected by widespread automation won’t be workers in North America,according to a new United Nations report—it’ll be people in developing countries.

Automation stands to reduce opportunities for low-wage workers in North America, the report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development states. But the types of jobs most likely to be eliminated entirely are more prevalent in developing nations. That’s because those same jobs, in sectors like farming and manufacturing, have already mostly dried up in wealthier nations as corporations have moved their operations abroad, in search of higher profits through lower wage costs.

The developing world stands to lose “about two thirds of all jobs,” according to the report. That’s a staggering figure, and well above most credible estimates for job losses due to automation in the West.http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/presspb2016d6_en.pdf

“The increased use of robots in developed countries risks eroding the traditional labour cost advantage of developing countries,” the report states. “Adverse effects for developing countries may be significant.”

While the UN report is talking about the effects of robots in the workplace, what’s really at issue is the profit-seeking behaviour of corporations. And in a globalized economy, shifts in labour power aren’t just felt in wealthy nations, but all over the world. In China, for example, factory owners have already used robots and automation as a tool to do away with rabble-rousing workers.

The countries with the most robots will likely see the greatest gains in productivity, the report notes—China is currently leading the pack in robot acquisition, the UN says—but there is an upside for countries without enough wealth to bring in enough robot workers to stay competitive… sort of.

Countries with a large pool of low-skill (read: low-wage) labour may excel in areas that robots aren’t great at yet, like garment-making, the report states. In other words, the cost of developing and deploying robots may be higher than paying next-to-nothing to a bunch of humans with already-nimble human fingers.

“Disruptive technologies always bring a mix of benefits and risks,” the report says. Indeed, market-directed thinking often holds that if companies automate some jobs away, the economy will demand higher-skill jobs to take their place and eventually equilibrium will be restored.

To that end, the report recommends education: teaching kids how to work with new technology so that they can step into the higher-skill occupations that haven’t yet been automated.

As it is, though, the UN report paints a pretty bleak vision of the future: fewer jobs here, and way fewer jobs over there. But hey, at least some people will be making money.


hearing these messages constantly now from big globalist groups..do you think they are telling us this because it wont happen?

“While the UN report is talking about the effects of robots in the workplace, what’s really at issue is the profit-seeking behaviour of corporations. And in a globalized economy, shifts in labour power aren’t just felt in wealthy nations, but all over the world. In China, for example, factory owners have already used robots and automation as a tool to do away with rabble-rousing workers.”

the constant global search for cheap labour may have peaked..


~ by seeker401 on November 22, 2016.

27 Responses to “UN: Robots will take two-thirds of all jobs in the developing world”

  1. i am boycotting robots. . . .. .& FB (never had an account), Google, Twitter

    Try gab.ai as an alternative for Twitter… maybe a slow start but it will gain critical mass eventually

  2. African states fail to stop work of U.N. gay rights investigator


    • Russia and Egypt, speaking on behalf of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, said they would not recognise the mandate of the gay rights investigator and would not cooperate with Muntarbhorn. Britain urged all countries to cooperate with the investigator.

      Being gay is a crime in at least 73 countries, the U.N. has said. The issue of gay rights consistently sparks heated debate at the United Nations.

      • I will read through this article tomorrow. What jumped out at me as odd about this quote is that Russia spoke on behalf of Islam. Russia is Erastian. The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is state controlled. Last I heard, the top bishop (whatever they call it in the ROC) is not RO, but atheist. Which should not be surprising. He is just there to keep a personal eye on the ROC, and keep it under strict State control. But to the article, the Russian Orthodox Church speaking on behalf of Isalm. odd.

      • Did you see this?

        “Pedophilia is the cornerstone of both Islam and Satanic rituals. The Quran tells Muslim men that they are allowed to marry girls who have yet to menstruate in verse 65:4 which is why child marriages are legal in Islamic countries. Mohammad, the ‘prophet’ of Islam married a 6 year old girl named Aisha and raped her when she was 9. Female sex slavery is also legal in Islam as evidenced in Quran verse 4:24. Furthermore, Mohammad himself had sex slaves. Not only are grown women subjected to this barbarity, but young girls are also made sex slaves and trafficked.”

        2 million Muslims in Moscow. Putin inaugurated the largest Mosque in Europe. (I am not saying there is any evidence or rumors of this, other than, to not denounce such activities is not helpful)


  3. You just need some more krugman style stimulus

  4. If they are successful reducing the population by 90 percent tjey will need a robotic work force. If they miss you going out they will catch them coming in.

    18. Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger: “All of our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class”

    19. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

    20. Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger: “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”


  5. And yet, with workers slated to be replaced with machines, the traitor-governments of the west seem to think INCREASING the workforce with an endless stream of migrants is somehow a good idea…
    Being an American, I am hopeful that Trump will stem this tide of immigration and tariff the profit out of robotic production devices built overseas. If you want to mechanize your industry & still sell in the U.S. markets, you’ll have to buy robots built & engineered in the U.S. with U.S. citizen employees.
    And those robot assembly industries will not be able to depend on massive influxes of migrant labor to keep U.S. wages at slave levels.
    The rest of you, from other countries, had better be hoping for the same thing from YOUR governments…otherwise, your wages will be beaten down into the dust.
    Nations can weather this adjustment in economic structure, but only if they are willing to change the organization of their workforce with these new parameters.
    Hours must be cut, the number of workdays in the week must be cut, the number of human work-shifts must increase, and wages must rise to counter the loss of hours. A company might well automate their operations to eliminate human workers & thus decrease overhead to minimum levels, but without jobs you lose consumers, and without consumers you can’t sell whatever it is your robots are building, and without sales, it’s lights-out for your company.
    A nation’s economy exists to serve the population, it has no other function. If your economy leaves 80% of your population in destitution, the inevitable result is riots, chaos, and guillotines.
    And there can never be a robot as good at killing as humans are. The Earth’s human robots reproduce themselves, and have a level of aggression and violent ability unsurpassed by any of the other living creatures the Earth has produced.
    You will never be capable of building a machine that matches it.

  6. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  7. Japanese insurance claim agents are now being replaced by a robot


  8. we don;t need no education .. seriously

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