Half of Russians predicted a loss of jobs because of the robots


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Half of working-age Russians (49.3%, or 42,13 million people) can be replaced by robots and lose their jobs because of automation of production lines. In the regions of raw material orientation and regions with a high proportion of traditional services, the figure exceeds 50 percent. These figures are cited in his “Potential robotics and the Economics of ignorance in the regions of Russia”, senior researcher, laboratory of studies of corporate strategies and behavior, Ranepa firms Stepan Zemtsov. The document is in the possession “of the Tape.ru”.

As explained in the work, the automation of production does not lead to the growth of long-term unemployment, however, it increases the need to continuously update knowledge and improve skills.

“There is a danger that part of the population [during automation] will not be able to adapt to new conditions, there is a possibility of long term exclusion from economic activities. In fact we are talking about the formation of a sector of the economy, in which citizens will not participate in modern processes associated with the creation, development, development and reproduction of new ideas, technologies and products,” says Zemcov.

As an example, he cited young people from rural areas, residents of small villages who come to cities to work as security guards, however, do not improve their skills, do not participate in the creation of new technologies and products. The result of the threat of their exclusion from the economy with the development of video surveillance systems, because it will be difficult to quickly master a new profession.

Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in September of 2017 noted that technological transformation “may lead not only to the explosive growth of labor productivity, but “kill” the whole profession, increase the risks of polarization of income of the people.” According to him, digitalization is both a huge breakthrough and a huge challenge.

In January 2018, during the Gaidar forum, Medvedev said that automation and robotization does not necessarily lead to unemployment. As explained by the Prime Minister, Russia because of the consequences of fertility decline may experience problems with a shortage of manpower, and robotics can help to cope with this phenomenon. He noted that automation and robotization in Russia can not only boost unemployment, but also should create conditions for increase of labor productivity and wage growth.

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