COLOMBO • For many years, discussion of the global garment industry has been dominated by the following question: Where were your clothes made, and by whom? But today, there is a more relevant question: How were your clothes made, and by what?
What you wear is going high-tech. After decades of labour-intensive production by workers in the global south, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are replacing humans on the factory floor. But while these shifts will bring new benefits to consumers - such as faster delivery and custom clothing - they will come with costs.
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