Tech takes jobs, not immigrants or trade
The World Government Summit (WGS 2018) ended in Dubai with talks highlighting the seismic and inevitable changes innovation will bring, and a plea for institutions to realign with the new world order.
“Eight out of 10 jobs that are lost in advanced economies are lost to new technology — not to trade or to immigrants,” said World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo.
“E-commerce is a reality. It is important for the 164 member countries to join the discussion about it, although not all of them are prepared to.
“A lot of the e-commerce that we see today is business-to-business. Business-to-consumer changes the world completely,” he added.
“The laws and regulations of consumer protection have to be thought about, cross-border transactions, digital signatures, the legality of contracts across the border, which legislation applies, return of merchandise — it’s a world out there.”
Champions of cryptocurrencies dismissed suggestions of a ‘bitcoin bubble’, emphasising that digital assets are here to stay.
“Bitcoin is not a bubble, it is the pin that is popping the bubble of the legacy financial systems since it has been created.”
Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell remarked that societies are evolving because of technology, and in this context, governments need to prepare for future uncertainties.
Gladwell underscored the importance of humans’ judgment in shaping a more humane future.
He also highlighted the challenges facing governments and institutions in an era of surplus information.
“The expectations we have from governments have remained in place for 200 years,” he said.
“The challenges facing governments are changing in the modern world. Shifts in expectations need governments to develop progressive policies that can accommodate the global transition towards a knowledge-based economy.”
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