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"Some Brief Reflections on Digital Technologies and Economic Development"

by Sachs, Jeffrey D (2019)


Among the many disruptions caused by artificial intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies (including automation, cyberwarfare, surveillance, loss of privacy, fake news, infrastructure vulnerability), the effects on development pathways are likely to be significant and complex. AI will enable low-income countries to leapfrog in several sectors, including e-governance, e-finance, e-health, and e-education. Yet AI will also lead to automation, reducing the demand for labor, especially unskilled labor. Labor-intensive sectors such as apparel will provide fewer jobs, and lower export earnings. Development strategies will need to adjust accordingly.


Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Developing Nations, International Relations, International Affairs, Political Science, Development, Skills



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