September 20, 2020

China and Mexico will be the countries most affected by robotization

Argentine journalist and writer Andrés Oppenheimer said Friday that China and Mexico will be the countries most affected by robotization in the coming years and warned that the Latin American country is not preparing for this transformation.

"China and Mexico are going to be much more impacted by the phenomenon of robotization than countries like the United States or Germany that have an economy more dependent on services than on manufactures," he said at the Annual Meeting of Industrialists of Mexico organized by the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin).

The Argentine said that the Asian and Latin American countries will be "the most affected countries" because "the first thing that robots do is routine, repetitive, manual and predictable work in automotive, textile and manufacturing factories."

But given this scenario, Oppenheimer warned that Mexico "has a big problem", since "while China is robbing at full speed, Mexico is not doing it."

"China buys more industrial robots today than any other country, more than the United States and the European Union together," said the Argentine before a crowded auditorium of businessmen in the city of León, in the state of Guanajuato.

According to the writer, China will buy 210,000 industrial robots this 2019, while Mexico is expected to only buy 6,000 robots.

Therefore, the Argentine concluded that China has proposed "the objective of not protecting jobs but people", as it is encouraging its citizens to adapt to this robotization.

"For China it is easier because it is a dictatorship and can close a factory and move its workers while for a democracy it is more difficult, but this is the reality," he said.

Oppenheimer was at the business forum to present his book "Save who can!", An investigation that began in 2013 after reading that 47% of jobs were going to disappear in the next 15 years.

"Jobs are disappearing in all areas of life," said the Argentine, who said that in his television program there are no cameramen or that translates his journalistic columns into English using an electronic translator.

Therefore, he said that citizens must be trained continuously throughout their lives because "times are shortening" to reinvent themselves.

"In the caves we had thousands of years to go from hunters to farmers, then a couple of thousands of years to go from farmers to industrial workers and then 100 years to be service workers. Now there is no time," he said.

The Annual Industrial Meeting of the Concamin is held next to the technology fair organized by the Hannover Messe and that has brought German industrialists to León to address the convergence of digital, physical and biological technologies.

The Concamin, established in 1918, integrates 47 national chambers, 14 regional chambers, 3 generic chambers and 55 associations of the different productive sectors that exist in the country.

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