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Global automation and digitalization trends rise high

wuzhenwic.org Updated: 2020-11-13

According to The Future of Jobs Report 2020 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the global automation and digitalization trends are rising significantly. More than 80 percent of the world's companies are accelerating their deployment in digital workflow, while 50 percent of companies are striving to realize the automation of several positions.

The report also predicted that in the next five years, the wave of technology-driven automation will create 97 million new jobs.

A report from the Japan Robot Association shows that the number of robot exports from Japan increased by 13 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020. In the Eurozone, the number of jobs in the computer programming field has increased. Data from the US International Trade Commission also shows that in the first eight months of this year, US imports of industrial robots increased by 5 percent.

Automation and digital technology can provide better solutions and help reduce costs in epidemic prevention and control measures, covering areas like food delivery, express delivery, temperature measurement, and nucleic acid sampling.

The UVD disinfection robot and service robot produced by Danish Blue Ocean Robotics, as well as the automatic sorting and transmission equipment of Japanese Tsubaki Group have made great contributions in COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control this year.

The International Federation of Robotics predicts that the number of professional service robots in the world will increase by 38 percent this year and will continue to grow in the next two years. From 2020 to 2022, approximately 2 million new robots will be installed globally.

Research by management consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that AI, robots, and other forms of smart automation will bring huge economic benefits, with projections estimating that automation will contribute $15 trillion in output value by 2030.

In order to promote the development of automation, the Japanese government has issued documents like the Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan and the Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2019 to improve people's living standards through smart technologies, as well as to strengthen the competitiveness of Japanese companies.

During the COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control period, the European Commission specifically launched an initiative to solicit automated solutions to respond to the epidemic, with the hope that automation and artificial intelligence technology can be used for COVID-19 prevention, diagnosis, and treatment immediately or in the short to medium term.

In October of this year, the European Union invested 600 million euros on a project to train about 256,000 people in the digital industry, of which 160 new master's degrees will be established to train 80,000 digital experts, while 150,000 digital talents for other industries will also be trained through short-term training programs.

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