The Other AI: Automation, Innovation and the Future of Work in Asia

Title: 1189 | The Other AI: Automation, Innovation and the Future of Work in Asia
Area: Border Crossing and Inter-Area
Stream: Economics
Presentation Type: Roundtable
Cristita Marie Perez, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Japan (organizer)
Rabea Brauer, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Japan (roundtable-chair)
Elisabetta Gentile, Asian Development Bank, Philippines (discussant)
Christian Viegelahn, International Labour Organization, Thailand (discussant)
Daniel Schmuecking, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Cambodia (discussant)


The boundaries of what machines can do are pushed even further as computing power steadily increases. Complex tasks are becoming automatable at a speed which seemed unfeasible a decade ago. Machines are able to perform a large number of manual and an increasing number of cognitive tasks that previously, only humans can perform. Some argue that innovative technologies can displace millions from their jobs, spurring fears of technological unemployment. Automation, digital platforms and other innovations are creating new complex challenges overlaid on long-established ones.

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Socio-economic Governance Program Asia (SOPAS) panel discussion aims to contribute to these debates by examining the impact of automation and innovation on Asian developing countries. In particular, it looks at how technological advances are changing the economic structures of developing countries which are still struggling to carve out the necessary resources to effectively react to and benefit from the future of work trends.

The roundtable session will revolve around the following key questions:
1. How are automation and other technological advances changing economic and social patterns in Asian developing countries?
2. How can governments, industries, and civil society organizations support their citizens with different backgrounds and skill levels to effectively manage these transitions while also taking into account social considerations?

Dr Elisabetta Gentile from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will talk about how employment responded to consumption, trade, and technological advances in developing Asia. Dr Christian Viegelahn from the International Labor Organization (ILO) will discuss the policies, strategies and plans linked to technological changes, demographic shifts and climate change in the ASEAN countries and their main trading partners (ASEAN +6). Dr Daniel Schmuecking (KAS Cambodia) will talk about the impact of digitalization on Cambodia’s manufacturing industry and the approaches that policymakers could take in order to attain the most positive outcome for Cambodia. Ms Rabea Brauer (KAS Japan) will serve as the chair for the round table.

This panel is on Friday - Session 02 - Main Room

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