World Development Report 2020

What does the rise of the robots mean for trade?

Industrial robots, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the face of imagesglobal production and trade. Global sales of industrial robots reached a new record of 387,000 units last year and robot adoption is projected to grow in the coming years. Techno-pessimists fear that developing countries might lose the opportunity to export themselves out of poverty by linking into Global Value Chains (GVCs), as firms in rich countries relocate robot-driven production closer to home.

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