Economic Affairs

Automation and Covid-19 spell double trouble

A looming ‘double disruption’ scenario creates new challenges.

According to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs 2020 report, the three top roles in Singapore, for which workers are needed, are data analysts and scientists, AI and machine learning experts, and digital transformation specialists. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The automation of work through artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 3-D printing and other new technologies has been a hot topic in recent years. But it has now got a second wind, courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Future of Jobs 2020 report published last week by the World Economic Forum (WEF), famous for its annual jamborees of the world's movers and shakers in the Swiss resort of Davos, points out that automation, combined with the pandemic, is creating a "double disruption" scenario for workers.

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